Let’s take a brief trip back in time, shall we? The year is 2009, and the whole saga surrounding Mel Gibson and his ex-wife had yet unfold in the tabloids. The director was lining up his new project, a movie called “Beserker,” penned by William Monahan, which was promising to be an unsparing Viking epic, with a tentative fall 2010 shoot planned, and none other than Leonardo DiCaprio slated to star. Well, it obviously didn’t happen and DiCaprio, unsurprisingly, vacated the movie about which little has been heard of since (though in 2012, Gibson said it was still in the works). But it seems that idea of playing a Viking has stuck with the actor.
Deadline reports that Warner Bros. has just snatched up “King Harald” as a potential vehicle for DiCaprio, who will be producing via his Appian Way shingle. The pitch comes from Mark L. Smith—who penned Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu‘s “The Revenant” (which has DiCaprio and Sean Penn attached), and an untitled biker pic that has Tom Hardy linked—and it’s based on the life of the 11th century Viking king, who ruled for decades, was exiled to Russia, but returned home to Norway a hero. So yes, let the “Braveheart“-comparisons begin.
It’s all early stages so who knows how development will shake out, and Warner Bros. has another Viking option on their plate with Alexander Skarsgard attached to “The Vanguard” at the studio. Are Vikings the next vampires or zombies? Guess we’ll soon see.