A decade after Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio starred as doomed young lovers in the Oscar-winning blockbuster Titanic, they are reuniting to make a new film together, this time about the slow disintegration of a marriage.I can reveal that, in a landmark piece of casting, the two actors will play the troubled married couple in a big screen version of Richard Yates’s wrenching novel Revolutionary Road, which Sam Mendes, Kate’s Oscar-winning husband, will direct on America’s East Coast this summer.
Titanic remains the Number One top money-making film of all time, with $1.8 billion in world-wide ticket sales.
Negotiations have been going on for several weeks for DiCaprio to join the new project.
I understand that Kate mentioned the film idea to him when the pair bumped into each other on the awards circuit.
DiCaprio jumped at the chance to work again with Kate, with whom he has remained good friends, and with Mendes.
At one point, Matt Damon was expected to be in the film, but his schedule is so full that filming would have had to be delayed until late next year.
And in any case, he’s going to be busy, starring in Paul Greengrass’s movie Imperial Life In The Emerald City, based on Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s hard-hitting book about how the U.S. messed up its occupation of Baghdad.
Plus, he’ll have his hands full launching Oceans 13 at the Cannes Film Festival in May.
Kate and DiCaprio will play April and Frank Wheeler, a couple full of post-war optimism, who move to a Connecticut suburb in the Fifties.
They believe they’re owed the American dream, but realize too late that it’s a sour crock.
So Titanic fans who dreamily (and naively) think that Kate and Leo being together again in front of the cameras will be a continuation of their Rose and Jack lovey-dovey characters should, perhaps, read Yates’s angry novel before heading to the cinema.
With an earlier than expected shooting date, the various producers from BBC Films, Scott Rudin Productions, John Hart Films and Neal Street Productions are scrambling to ensure that everyone is happy with the screenplay.
Once that gets the OK, further casting can begin, so they can travel down that Revolutionary Road.
Source: Daily Mail