Michael Bay, Leonardo DiCaprio team up for film about Rwandan cycling team
A film from Leonardo DiCaprio and Michael Bay? Sure, why not?
EW has confirmed that the two are in talks to develop a film with Paramount about the true story of the Rwandan national biking team.
The two would produce with their respective studios, Bay Films and Appian Way, with Orlando von Einsiedel on board to helm. (DiCaprio is not attached to star.) Von Einsiedel was the director of Virunga, the 2014 Oscar-nominated documentary about the fight to save gorillas in the Congo, which DiCaprio executive produced.
The project, still in its infancy and with no script, centers on Jacques “Jock” Boyer, who was the first American cyclist to race in the Tour de France.
Boyer was an outlier in biking scene back then, but he won more than 40 professional races before retiring at 32. But Boyer landed on hard times when he was pushed out a business he had started and was sent to jail for an affair he had with a teenager.
But Boyer found redemption in the work he did in Rwanda, where he took boys who had survived slaughters and poverty and turned them into Team Rwanda, taking them to races all around the world. One of the members would even go on to the 2012 London Olympics to compete in mountain bike cross-country.