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Leonardo DiCaprio in PRISONERS?

Prisoners is that cute girl at school. Everyone wants to flirt with her and some will become attached for a while - have some fun with her, mess around outside the bike shed at lunch time but when it comes down to long term commitment - well, the boys get scared and run a mile. Over the weekend, Leonardo DiCaprio became the latest actor to flirt with Alcon Entertainment's struggling adaptation of Aaron Guzikowski's written kidnap thriller Prisoners, according to the folks at Deadline. DiCaprio is attached to play the small-town bible bashing carpenter who takes matters into his own hands when his daughter and her friend are kidnapped in a movie that is said to have echoes to Liam Neeson's Taken. The other lead role is that of a cop trying to solve the case. Originally the project was setup with Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale to star but both those guys left to make The Fighter instead and towards the end of '09 the producers briefly turned to Hugh Jackman but that deal was dependent on filming this month and it would appear that didn't work out, so that's that. Prisoners is also now without director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Shooter) who has departed the project, shouting enough with this shit and an adaptation looks as far away as ever to becoming a reality. DiCaprio is likely to make a feature before Prisoners says Mike Fleming, though the smart-minded among us probably realise he won't ever star in this and they will be a new actor attached before long. Out of the thousands of projects DiCaprio likes to attach himself too, it seems likely that the viking epic with Mel Gibson will end up being his next movie.

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Matt Holmes is the co-founder of What Culture, formerly known as Obsessed With Film. He has been blogging about pop culture and entertainment since 2006 and has written over 10,000 articles.