Leo DiCaprio signs on for an offbeat new movie

After months of speculation and second-guessing, Prince of the World Leonardo DiCaprio has signed for his next movie project. Variety reports that DiCaprio will star in an adaptation of “The Beach,” a 1997 novel by Alex Garland about a gallivanting traveler who tries to find a hidden paradise. (Think Jack Dawson without the sketch pad of drawings of naked models.) More “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” than “Titanic,” the unconventional flick will be directed and produced by Danny Boyle, John Hodge, and Andrew Macdonald — the London lads who made “Trainspotting” and “A Life Less Ordinary.”

Previously, rumors have linked DiCaprio to various projects, including “American Psycho,” for which the 23-year-old star was supposedly offered $21 million to play a yuppie killer. (Publicist Cindy Guagenti denies that this negotiation ever happened.) Recent history shows that the industry fervor over DiCaprio won’t necessarily translate into a box office bonanza, however. His last film, “The Man in the Iron Mask,” cost $35 million but grossed a disappointing $57 million in the U.S. for MGM/UA.– Gary Eng Walk

The Beach
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