The Hollywood Reporter says that Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Tom Hardy are planning to produce a drama about the world of animal-trafficking. There’s no word yet on whether all or any of them will appear in it.
Maguire and DiCaprio have been friends since they were kid actors starting out in Hollywood but almost never work together. Actually, it looks like next year’s “The Great Gatsby” will be the first time they’ve done a movie together since 1993′s “This Boy’s Life.” DiCaprio and Hardy know each other from “Inception.”
The idea came from Hardy, ” inspired by friends who are former Special Forces operatives and went on to become anti-poaching fighters in South Africa and other nations.” (Is there anything less surprising than the fact that Tom Hardy has friends who were Special Forces operatives?) The idea is to create a movie like Steven Soderbergh’s “Traffic,” with its multiple story lines about the effects of the war on drugs. In this case it would show “everything from the ground war on poachers in the African savanna to how animal material ends up in the fashion houses of Paris.”
This isn’t surprising subject matter for DiCaprio and Maguire, who are both vegetarians. DiCaprio also has been a spokesman for animal rights and the environment. I don’t know about Hardy’s eating habits.
DiCaprio will next be seen in “Django Unchained” and Maguire is filming “Labor Day” for Jason Reitman. Hardy will be seen in “Lawless,” opening this week and is currently filming “Mad Max: Fury Road.”