Mel Gibson is heading back into the director’s chair, and this time with a big star in front of the camera.
Gibson, who has directed The Man Without a Face, Braveheart, The Passion of the Christ, and 2006’s Apocalypto, hasn’t really ever directed a movie with an A-lister headlining the cast (except for himself). That’s about to change with his next film, as Variety is reporting that he will helm an untitled Viking drama with Leonardo DiCaprio starring. William Monahan, who I’m sure you’ll know by now as the writer behind the Gibson-starring Edge of Darkness and DiCaprio-starring The Departed, will pen the project, though little else is known about the story.
Gibson has displayed quite a talent for putting together a compelling drama with copious amounts of visceral violence, so I’m more than a little excited to see him take on the world of the Vikings. DiCaprio will undoubtedly have to beef up a bit to play a convincing Viking, but I’m sure he’ll do just fine in the role. Graham King helped put the project together and will executive produce, after having worked extensively with DiCaprio and Monahan in the past, and having just produced Gibson’s Edge of Darkness.Read»
The trailer and poster for Gibson’s newest movie Edge of Darkness hit today, and boy does it look like a doozy. You have to go all the way back to 2002’s Signs to find the last time he headlined a feature film, but if the trailer is any indication, I would say Gibson’s star is far from done shining brightly. Casino Royale director Martin Campbell is steering the ship this time, with a script by The Departed writer William Monahan. We’re back in Boston for this gritty crime thriller, the hometown of Monahan, and I think the screenwriter’s already proved sufficiently he knows how to spin a yarn in that city.
The story follows Gibson as a detective whose activist daughter is killed on the doorstep of their home. Grieving over her death and the bullet he believes was intended for him, he soon uncovers darker and bigger powers at play than he ever imagined. Instead of backing down however, he unfurls the full extent of his anguish and wrath as he blazes a warpath in searching for his daughter’s killers.
Check out the trailer after the jump. Read»