Well, that lasted long. It was only a short time ago that Oscar-nominated actor Leonardo DiCaprio declared that he would be taking an extended hiatus from acting following Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. It now appears that DiCaprio is ending his short-lived hiatus to star in Scott Cooper’s next directorial project titled The Road Home. Warner Bros. recently picked up the rights to Michael Armour’s novel for Cooper to write, direct, and produce alongside Leonardo Dicaprio’s production company Appian Way.
The film, set in the Depression-era, follows a war-scarred rancher named Creek (DiCaprio) who finds himself entangled in a scandal when he is asked to investigate the murder of a local man, a case that’s been swept under the rug by local police.
Judging from the brief synopsis, The Road Home definitely has potential to be a gritty dramatic thriller. In 2009, Scott Cooper proved that he has directorial talent with the above average country music drama Crazy Heart starring Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Cooper’s next film Out of the Furnace has an incredible ensemble cast that includes Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Woody Harrelson, Forest Whitaker, and Willem Dafoe. Clearly, Cooper is attracting a lot of talented actors to his projects. It’s currently unknown when production will begin on The Road Home but it’s safe to assume that cameras will roll later this year.