Variety reports that Leonardo DiCaprio is in line to play the lead in the film adaptation of the new Josh Bazell novel “Beat the Reaper”.
The book tells the story of a doctor whose straight life goes astray when he runs into a mobster. The twist is the doctor is a former hitman who’s turned his life around since entering the witness protection program. Violence and carnage ensue… All in all, sounds like a solid, if only semi-original premise (think Viggo Mortensen as the former mob enforcer-turned-cook in “A History of Violence”.
New Regency is currently working to secure the rights to the book.