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Learn Who Stars In Christopher Nolan’s First Movie Since THE DARK KNIGHT!! Hint: Not Christian Bale!!

Published at: March 4, 2009, 12:41 a.m. CST

I am – Hercules!!
Director Christopher Nolan has landed Leonardo DiCaprio to star in “Inception,” a sci-fi actioner that has something to do with the mind. This means Nolan may not be working with Christian Bale – who starred in Nolan’s two Batman movies as well as “The Prestige” – for the first time since 2002’s Al Pacino cop thriller “Insomnia.” Nolan’s credits also include “Memento,” also about the mind. Great news, I say! “Body of Lies” perhaps notwithstanding, DiCaprio – whose credits include “Gangs of New York,” “Catch Me If You Can,” “The Departed” and “Revolutionary Road” – has a decent eye for material. And, like Alexander Payne, Nolan has yet to direct a bad film. Find all of Variety’s story on the matter here.

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  • March 3, 2009, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Sounds cool

    by IronSpidey

    I hope it's some kind of mindfuck story. First post maybe?

  • March 3, 2009, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Wrong section, son! n/t

    by Gil Brooks

  • March 3, 2009, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Ah

    by Gil Brooks

    There ya go.

  • March 3, 2009, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Hehe

    by IronSpidey

    Never come close to first post before. Anyways, with Leo on it probably will become an ensemble cast. Hopefully no ScarJo in this one though.

  • March 3, 2009, 9:29 p.m. CST

    leo!!! what like you have never had a man crush before

    by phoenixmagida5th

    But I say its good to take a break from the perfect batman film ever and when u feel the time is right and the story is right to go foe it. Unlike spidey 3 that ramimi went right into after the awesome spidey 2 and u know the rest

  • March 3, 2009, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Inception?

    by macheesmo3

    Hmmm, means the beginning of... something to ponder when trying to decypher what the mind oriented story will be. No telling with the Nolan's scriptwriting. Memento was a brilliant idea. I wonder if perhaps they are going to tackle some other affliction that hampers ones world perceptions?

  • March 3, 2009, 9:33 p.m. CST

    I need a break from Leo

    by CherryValance

    I think he's one of the best out there but I don't know. I feel like I've had enough for a while. I was hoping for Hugh Jackman when I clicked it.

  • March 3, 2009, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Jackman is too busy getting his chest waxed

    by White Goodman

    and singing Elton John tunes.

  • March 3, 2009, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Not that there is anything wrong with that.

    by White Goodman

    Certainly not.

  • yes, thank you for pointing that out, Herc. ;o)

  • March 3, 2009, 9:37 p.m. CST

    Bale's not in this one?

    by Get_Me_An_18-Man_Fire_Team_In_12_Hours

    The Director of Photography can sleep easy. Or can he...?

  • March 3, 2009, 9:37 p.m. CST

    Body of Lies was bad? I was going to rent it this weekend.

    by dr sauch

    You know, between multiple Watchmen viewings.

  • March 3, 2009, 9:39 p.m. CST

    sorry for the typos

    by phoenixmagida5th

    I'm pounding some beers here for about a hhalf hour

  • March 3, 2009, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Leonardo!!!

    by viola123

    oh my gosh, that's wonderful! That is all. I love it. Leonardo, sigh. I want to see this now, *g*. Leo will have "Shutter Island," then this with Christopher Nolan. I love it!

  • March 3, 2009, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Awww, I liked Body of Lies.

    by flickchick85

    It was nothing great, but an decent escape for a couple hours, and Mark Strong in particular was awesome.<p>But this film will most likely be about 100x better. Definitely looking forward to this collaboration.

  • March 3, 2009, 9:44 p.m. CST

    Since when did the world decide DiCaprio was a "serious" actor?

    by geraldbeans

    The guy is so average it's ridiculous. But at least he gets movies made. And that's what matters in this business.

  • March 3, 2009, 9:46 p.m. CST

    "Christopher" Bale?

    by ByTor

    Nice proofreading, Herc.

  • March 3, 2009, 9:47 p.m. CST

    No more Leo--

    by JasperTX

    It's like watching a little boy play dress-up. Good God, The Departed, The Aviator, The Beach--he hasn't been good in a movie for 15 years.

  • March 3, 2009, 9:47 p.m. CST

    DiCaprio is a fucking vacuum.

    by C Legion

    He sucks the life out of every film he stars in.<p>I know it's a Cliché, but the emperor has no clothes.<p>He's a meal ticket, a mediocre actor with a pretty face nothing more. "Titanic" was a one off, a freak.<p>Do not sell your soul as others have done Nolan...

  • March 3, 2009, 9:49 p.m. CST

    "Christopher Bale"? WHAT DONT YOU FUCKING UNDERSTAND

    by ricarleite

    I guess Nolan loves his DPs too much to let them take that risk.

  • March 3, 2009, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Maybe it's because "We're fuckin' done, professionally"

    by runrun

    Or something.

  • March 3, 2009, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Body of Lies

    by FailureAtTheCave

    Body Of Lies is perfectly good, and I suspect the people slagging it off are the same retards who slag off Miami Vice.

  • March 3, 2009, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Bale can still be in this

    by jrlamps

    Unless its a one man movie

  • March 3, 2009, 9:52 p.m. CST

    do you know that batman wa on the titanic?

    by phoenixmagida5th

    yeah he was overheard saying 'do you want me to sink your ship?' And the rest is history

  • March 3, 2009, 9:58 p.m. CST

    jrlamps

    by ricarleite

    It could be a monologue version of My Dinner with Andre.

  • March 3, 2009, 9:58 p.m. CST

    I

    by Charlie_Allnut

  • March 3, 2009, 10 p.m. CST

    Body of Lies was slighty above mediocre

    by Kief_Ledger

    it was a really slick spy thriller, but was repetitive and convoluted. That being said, it had some great action scenes and a pretty cool ending. <p></p>Also, Miami Vice kicked all kinds of ass

  • March 3, 2009, 10:02 p.m. CST

    I've got no problems w/ Leo

    by Charlie_Allnut

    I used to hate him in the 90's, and I think he was miscast in Gangs of New York, but he does have great taste in material. I thought Blood Diamond was great too, haven't seen Body of Lies yet though.

  • March 3, 2009, 10:02 p.m. CST

    surprised at the casting

    by THE KNIGHT

    but hey, I trust Nolan

  • March 3, 2009, 10:06 p.m. CST

    Hmmm, Nolan does re-use actors...

    by santoanderson

    It makes me wonder if we can expect a Dicaprio-villain in batman 3.

  • March 3, 2009, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Blood Diamond made me laugh

    by CherryValance

    in fact, I refer to it as "Oh Africa, Brave Africa". Leo cost himself an Oscar, imo, by pushing his role in Blood Diamond over his better work in The Departed. I think he thought it was a more "important" film. I'm really tired of "important" films.

  • March 3, 2009, 10:09 p.m. CST

    Leo Dicaprio as The Riddler!

    by lockesbrokenleg

    I'd see that.

  • March 3, 2009, 10:10 p.m. CST

    "Somethin' about the Mind," huh?

    by Mr. Guy

    Huh. Sounds neat.

  • March 3, 2009, 10:13 p.m. CST

    I don't think Leo pushed "Blood Diamond"...

    by viola123

    I don't remember that being the case. I think it was out of his hands; the studio was pushing for "Blood Diamond" because that was one of its better shots at a nod, while "The Departed" was getting plenty of notice by then. Leonardo, among all the actors, I felt, praised for his portrayal. I was very disappointed he wasn't nominated for "The Departed" too though; I agree, CherryValance, had he been nominated for it, his chances would've been so much better. He would've benefited from all the success Marty's movie had that night and it would've been fitting too, to have it be a Marty film. Not someone else's. But... I have my fingers crossed for "Shutter Island." Cannot wait!

  • March 3, 2009, 10:15 p.m. CST

    maybe

    by CherryValance

    but I could go for a DiCaprio Riddler. That'd be something different for him.

  • March 3, 2009, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Damn, Bale is one of the best actors, far above Leo

    by most excellent ninja

    wanted Bale and Nolan to become a Deniro/Scorsese sort of team up.

  • March 3, 2009, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Then It's Safe To Assume Bale Won't Return For Batman 7

    by Acquanetta

    Bale and Nolan are fucking done professionally.

  • March 3, 2009, 10:20 p.m. CST

    ricarleite - Wally Pfister is not an ass like Shane Hurlburt

    by most excellent ninja

    And Pfister and Bale get along. Pfister wouldn't walk into a shot. Plus Pfister didn't make Into The Blue.

  • March 3, 2009, 10:21 p.m. CST

    "Fucking done professionally" is fucking old

    by santoanderson

    However, since Bale's an outed potty-mouth they ought to throw in a "I'm the Goddamn Batman!" to Batman 3 just for kicks.

  • March 3, 2009, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Geraldbeans

    by pleasebanme

    DiCaprio has always been stellar. If you didn't think he was fantastic in The Departed, you don't know what acting is.

  • March 3, 2009, 10:33 p.m. CST

    So Bale's not in this, right? NOT INTERESTED.

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

  • March 3, 2009, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Stay in COAXIAL Herc

    by JimCurry

    The movie section doesn't need your penchant for overstating the obvious.

  • March 3, 2009, 10:40 p.m. CST

    It finally came true...

    by JasonGrey

    There was a rumor a while back that Christopher Nolan was in the running to direct the remake of the Korean movie The Chaser starring Leonardo as the former cop turned pimp... I shit my pants when I heard the news. I guess this is even better! Nolan and DiCaprio sounds so right.

  • March 3, 2009, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Leo is a great actor!

    by lockesbrokenleg

    He got robbed at the Oscars for The Aviator.

  • March 3, 2009, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Leonardo DiCaprio recast as The Joker

    by JuntMonkey

    A month ago I watched The Beach, and I noticed just a little something in Leo at one point that made it hit me like a ton of bricks that he could pull off the Joker. This pretty much confirms it. Just remember that you heard it here first, and that I even knew it a month ago before this casting news came out.

  • March 3, 2009, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Not the casting we deserve....

    by JuntMonkey

  • March 3, 2009, 10:54 p.m. CST

    ...but the casting we need right now.

    by JuntMonkey

    (so that Nolan and him can discuss/practice Joker on set before announcing it to the world next year)

  • March 3, 2009, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Milton Moorehead as Catwoman

    by JuntMonkey

  • March 3, 2009, 11 p.m. CST

    Well Batman Begins and Insomnia were overrated

    by Proman1984

    And also.

  • March 3, 2009, 11:10 p.m. CST

    geraldbeans

    by krushjudgement

    Have you seen The Departed? He's serious man.

  • March 3, 2009, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Dark Knight is overrated

    by krushjudgement

    Yeah I said it. Two and a half stars- straight up.

  • March 3, 2009, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Also has something to do with objects...

    by blackmantis

    ...and things...and, you know, stuff too. Should be awesome.

  • March 3, 2009, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Leo for Catwoman and Angelina for the Riddler

    by White Goodman

    Nolan could really fuck with the franchise and you fanboys would still love it. (TDK rules!)

  • March 3, 2009, 11:15 p.m. CST

    TDK is not overrated.

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Cause it's actually good. Kevin Smith's career on the other hand.

  • March 3, 2009, 11:20 p.m. CST

    Joker recast so obvious

    by JuntMonkey

    I'm surprised nobody sees how obvious the Joker recast is. You have one of the producers in early January talking about how you need to "separate the role from the actor". You have Nolan doing another movie in-between (announcing a Joker recast right now would be death - in a year and a half when you announce it, people accept it). And now Leonardo DiCaprio, who is a serious possible Joker if you actually think about it, is cast as the lead in Nolan's in-between movie? I mean come on.

  • March 3, 2009, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Don't let Devin Faraci see that

    by Retlaw Kciuq

    He thinks Nolan is a journeyman filmmaker and not entertaining. I disagree but I'm just a cinema major.

  • March 3, 2009, 11:30 p.m. CST

    Nolan and Dicaprio??

    by Evangelion217

    This came straight out of left field, but I like it. :)

  • March 3, 2009, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Body Of Lies was underrated

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    The romantic subplot felt tacked-on, but Scott brought his usual visual gloss to the proceedings, and there were some incredibly tesne moments and great action setpieces. Seriously, it's pretty damn good.

  • March 3, 2009, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Evangelion

    by JuntMonkey

    It didn't come out of left field, because I've known for a month now that Leo could pull off the Joker.

  • March 3, 2009, 11:41 p.m. CST

    You want me to trash your light?!?!!

    by redfist

  • March 3, 2009, 11:51 p.m. CST

    DiCaprio: One of the smartest actors in Hollywood

    by TheMcflyFarm

    Props for only working with the best directors out there today.

  • March 3, 2009, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Maybe ScriptGirl can reveal this scoop on Saturday.

    by brock landers baby

    'Cause she's fucking useless.

  • March 4, 2009, 12:04 a.m. CST

    You fail at proofreading

    by Tobiwise

    That is all

  • March 4, 2009, 12:10 a.m. CST

    Hint: Not Heath Ledger

    by Jubba

  • March 4, 2009, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Leo "MUGGING ALL DAY, NIGHT, AND TWICE ON WEEKENDS"

    by LordEnigma

    DiCaprio. Seriously; he stopped being a good actor half-way through the Departed. The main reason his character got shot, was Scorcese's way to let Leo know he sucked. Seriously; this is bad casting, but Nolan is Nolan. He might get Leo to turn off the fucking mugging, and turn on the fucking acting. That would be nice.

  • March 4, 2009, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Not to be a dick but Original Insomnia far better

    by Stormwatcher

    Nolan screwed the ending on that one. So dissapointed, I saw the original because Bay St. Video recommended the criterion dvd long before the remake. Had such high hopes. Well, you gave us Memento, TDK, BB, Prestige. Your forgiven man

  • March 4, 2009, 12:19 a.m. CST

    Leo DiCaprio as Harley Quinn

    by Cannabis Holocaust

    You heard it here first.

  • March 4, 2009, 12:25 a.m. CST

    I GUESSED CGI HEATH LEDGER

    by Mullah Omar

    I also know that doing so makes me a bad person.

  • March 4, 2009, 12:26 a.m. CST

    Actually I hate Leonardo DiCaprio movies.

    by Cotton McKnight

    The only two I like are Gilbert Grape and.. yeah, Titanic. The rest of his choices have been terrible. It would be good to see him in a decent movie again.

  • March 4, 2009, 12:30 a.m. CST

    DiCraprio would not have a career...

    by Brannagins Law

    ... if River Phoenix were still alive.

  • March 4, 2009, 12:38 a.m. CST

    LOVE DICAPRIO

    by BrightEyes

    Just a brilliant actor and now working with a brilliant writer/director means this is highly anticipated!

  • March 4, 2009, 12:39 a.m. CST

    ORIGINAL "INSOMNIA" WAS SO MUCH BETTER...

    by Mullah Omar

    ...than Nolan's that I seriously suspected that MEMENTO had been a fluke. I was glad to see his lame remake of INSOMNIA was the exception and not the rule for Nolan. <br> <br> Anybody who hasn't seen it should check out the original with Stellan Starsgard. Beautiful, devastating, well-acted film - everything Nolan's remake wasn't.

  • March 4, 2009, 12:42 a.m. CST

    Star, Skar, etc

    by Mullah Omar

    Yeah.

  • March 4, 2009, 12:46 a.m. CST

    Insomnia is better than Memento

    by JuntMonkey

  • March 4, 2009, 12:47 a.m. CST

    You either die later this year...

    by JuntMonkey

    ...or live long enough to become a Batman villain.

  • March 4, 2009, 12:57 a.m. CST

    Ironically. INSOMNIA always puts me to SLEEP

    by Frodo T. Baggins

    Seriously I own it. Never finished it. Its kinda like a bed time lullabye.

  • March 4, 2009, 1:22 a.m. CST

    DiCaprio in the next BATMAN?

    by CENOBITE

    Nolan does like working with the top of the acting cream for his films. If this goes over well, I wonder if he will want to bring DiCaprio in for some part in the next batman? It could happen.

  • March 4, 2009, 1:24 a.m. CST

    Bale wasn't in INSOMNIA?

    by BurnHollywood

    "I LOVE YA, AL, BUT GO HOME AND GET SOME FUCKING SLEEP...YOU LOOK LIKE SHIT, AND YOU'RE MAKING ME LOOK LIKE A FUCKING AMATEUR."

  • March 4, 2009, 1:28 a.m. CST

    Batman Begins was a bad film

    by IndustryKiller!

    HORRIBLE script. Terrible. Weak art direction (important in a comic flick), unrestrained editing, a weak central romance, BOTH halves of the film are underdeveloped (particularly that hackneyed ninja training sequence), and an utter waste of the villains. And this is coming from someone who thinks The Dark Knight is a masterpiece.

  • March 4, 2009, 1:38 a.m. CST

    No, no. Leo can be Batmite.

    by Dingbatty

  • March 4, 2009, 1:45 a.m. CST

    Tell Nolan NO on DiCaprio!

    by thebearovingian

    I'm not a fan.<p>Body of Lies was decent. They added an unneeded romantic interest who of course went full-damsel-in-distress (...or did she????). Russell Crowe at least attempted a Southern accent for the whole movie. DiCaprio had it one minute, lost it the next, got it back threefold a couple minutes later, dropped it again...

  • March 4, 2009, 1:46 a.m. CST

    You never go full-damsel-in-distress!

    by thebearovingian

    You can, but you'll never win an Oscar!

  • March 4, 2009, 1:51 a.m. CST

    "Nolan has yet to direct a bad film."

    by Xiphos_2

    So, Herc, you didn't watch Batman Begins?

  • March 4, 2009, 1:53 a.m. CST

    I see IndustryKiller beat me to it

    by Xiphos_2

    Sorry about that pally. I should at least glance at the TB before posting.

  • March 4, 2009, 2 a.m. CST

    Mark Strong was great in Body of Lies.

    by Knuckleduster

    Worth seeing just for his performance alone.

  • March 4, 2009, 2:04 a.m. CST

    Leonardo Decraprio

    by MANNZILLA

    Does any one else think this guy is a complete hack. He ruined the aviator too, and Im a Howard Hughes freak.

  • March 4, 2009, 2:15 a.m. CST

    GUYS, GUYS, WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO IT...

    by JasonGrey

    Leo is better looking than all of you... including me. End of discussion.

  • March 4, 2009, 2:20 a.m. CST

    Don't understand all the Leo love

    by Dr Gregory House

    but look forward Nolan's next film

  • March 4, 2009, 2:21 a.m. CST

    Leo has a fat head, now. I look better.

    by Dingbatty

  • March 4, 2009, 2:29 a.m. CST

    I feel sorry for the people that hate Batman Begins

    by lockesbrokenleg

    They probably think shit like Friday the 13th is the height of filmmmaking.

  • March 4, 2009, 2:36 a.m. CST

    I feel sorry for lockesbrokenleg

    by Xiphos_2

    because John locke is a pussy that gets beaten down by a rabbit locking mother fucker and batman begins was pure ass you have no taste.

  • March 4, 2009, 2:37 a.m. CST

    Leo's okay

    by Happyfat73

    I've had a high opinion of Leo's acting since What's Eating Gilbert Grape? Sometimes he's hit and miss, but his good films outweigh the bad.

  • March 4, 2009, 2:41 a.m. CST

    Xiphos is a bitter sad soul that can't enjoy anything

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Poor sap.

  • March 4, 2009, 2:43 a.m. CST

    NO! AVATAR WILL NOT F**K MY EYES OUT IN 2009!

    by HarryBlackPotter

    Just thought I'd get it there first before the Plants hijack this talkback.

  • March 4, 2009, 2:44 a.m. CST

    Star Trek will be fucking our eyeballs out

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • March 4, 2009, 3:05 a.m. CST

    Body of Lies wasn't bad

    by Droid

    It just wasn't really good. It's a solid effort. <p>Crowe and Leo were good, but Mark Strong was fucking great. When is Hollywood going to wake the fuck up and cast him as the lead in something? <p>Didn't think much of Rev Road. Leo looked like he was playing 'grown-ups' in daddys clothes.

  • March 4, 2009, 3:16 a.m. CST

    CENOBITE

    by JuntMonkey

    GOOD THINKING ON DICAPRIO POSSIBLY HAVING A ROLE IN THE NEXT BATMAN FILM (Joker), NONE OF US HAD MENTIONED IT YET AND I HADN'T MADE SEVEN POSTS ABOUT IT ABOVE YOURS.

  • March 4, 2009, 3:19 a.m. CST

    Why does Hollywood think DiCaprio can act?!

    by wowsah156

    DiCaprio started out well with the Basketball diaries but beyond that he has been ruined by crap direction and an inflated ego. DiCaprio. Cant. Act. He is the new Nicholas Cage.

  • March 4, 2009, 3:22 a.m. CST

    DiCaprio is a hack

    by dioxholster

    i dont know why nobody knows it yet. The departed was utter crap.

  • March 4, 2009, 3:25 a.m. CST

    you can expect time to have no relevance

    by dioxholster

    scenes wont follow any order. they will order them in random an expect you to fucking understand. i like nolan but one trick shouldnt be used all the time.

  • March 4, 2009, 3:39 a.m. CST

    I started watching Saboteur last night

    by Droid

    Got tired halfway through. Will finish it tonight. Good so far. I love the dialogue and delivery in old movies. <p>I bought a Hitchcock collection about two years ago. About 15 movies in the box. Watched about two. Time to change that.

  • March 4, 2009, 3:39 a.m. CST

    Nolan should co-direct with McG

    by dioxholster

    both of them should do a movie together.

  • March 4, 2009, 3:41 a.m. CST

    Okay, slight mistake

    by Droid

    Wrong TB! <p>So, anyone else seen Hitchcocks Saboteur?

  • March 4, 2009, 3:43 a.m. CST

    I_am_not_the_droid_you_are_looki ng_for

    by dioxholster

    fuck outta here you fucking amateur!

  • March 4, 2009, 3:45 a.m. CST

    But... I was just tweaking the lights?

    by Droid

    I... I'm sorry...

  • March 4, 2009, 4:15 a.m. CST

    Can't stand DiCaprio

    by thedarklinglord

    And his squinty-eyed, scrunched-faced, "I'm conveying that my character is pensive and intense" so-called acting. Unless the movie is an hour and a half of someone going Ike Turner on him and just pimp-slapping the shit out of him like the little bitch he is, I'm not interested. Which is a fucking shame, because I love Nolan's movies.

  • March 4, 2009, 4:46 a.m. CST

    memento was brilliant!

    by Potatino

    I can't wait for this new film!!

  • March 4, 2009, 5:55 a.m. CST

    For all the people who hate Batman Begins

    by masteryoda007

    Please tell me which superhero movie is better? If you say Superman or Spiderman 2 then you are a gay.

  • March 4, 2009, 6:15 a.m. CST

    revolutionary road...

    by BendersShinyAss

    ...oh my god.... what a shocker

  • March 4, 2009, 6:51 a.m. CST

    The Prestige was a bad movie, but Nolan's good

    by Spandau Belly

    The Prestige was just one of those stupid twist movies that always come across cheesy, but usually twist movies are just hokey crime thrillers. The Prestige actually seemed to expect you to care about these people even though they and and the film itself did nothing but lie to you.

  • March 4, 2009, 6:52 a.m. CST

    Leo D is neither here nor there

    by Spandau Belly

    He's been okay in okay movies for most of his career. I'm pretty indifferent to him.

  • March 4, 2009, 6:56 a.m. CST

    Finally, the Titanic/Bale Connection We've Wanted

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    Make it happen, teabags.

  • March 4, 2009, 7:20 a.m. CST

    DiCaprio can act you fat fucks. See eg The Departed

    by dr sauch

    Or any other movie he's done. He was supposed to be a cheese-ball in Titanic. That was the character.

  • March 4, 2009, 7:30 a.m. CST

    "LEO?! FUCKING LEEEEEOOO?! WE ARE DONE PROFESSIONALLY!!!"

    by Stuntcock Mike

  • March 4, 2009, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Christopher Nolan will show you the life of the mind!

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    I dunno..I just felt like saying that. <p> Cheers, BTW, to Brannigan's Law on that River Phoenix comment.

  • March 4, 2009, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Well, the Titanic/Bale connection already happened.

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Bale's cock played the doomed ocean liner.

  • March 4, 2009, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Nolan's 5 for 5 with me.

    by Stuntcock Mike

    I don't expect anything less than a great film from this guy.

  • March 4, 2009, 7:49 a.m. CST

    SHUT THE FUCK UP BRUCE

    by turketron

    just contributing

  • March 4, 2009, 8:09 a.m. CST

    sounds good!!!

    by Vitter

    maybe Bale will not be the lead! but will participate, even though he prolly has a lot of movies to star in now...

  • March 4, 2009, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Finally a TB worthy of Bale

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    I'm not going to sugarcoat it: That caption TB is nothing but a corporate sellout. Keep it real, Professionals.

  • March 4, 2009, 8:33 a.m. CST

    "Weak central romance" in Batman Begins????

    by DoctorWho?

    Yeah...that's what that film needed...a strong romantic love angle. Cause you know...Batman is such a romantic. <p> Idiots.

  • March 4, 2009, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Nolan! Bale is coming for you.

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    He's on a speedboat crossing the ocean right now. Warning!

  • March 4, 2009, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Nolan ought to have Bale on set at all times...

    by DoctorWho?

    ...glowering at everyone just to keep 'em on top of their game.

  • March 4, 2009, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Gangs of New York?

    by -guyinthebackrow

    Really? I think you should watch it again, Herc. Or even just the opening sequence. Seriously.

  • March 4, 2009, 9:01 a.m. CST

    The Ass Kissing from AICN continues.

    by Darth_Kaos

    Insomnia was a terrible movie. Oh god, and boring as hell. Nolan has a great eye, I'll give that to him. But he can't edited a movie if his life depended on it.<br><br> I wasn't as gaga over TDK like 90% of the geeks out there. I too think it's a tad Overrated. It's good, yes. Is it great, no.<br><br> But it is nice that Nolan is not using Bale. Who is OVERRATED. It just sucks I have to watch Bale in the next Micheal Mann movie this summer with Depp.

  • March 4, 2009, 9:01 a.m. CST

    I absolutely hate Leonardo DiCaprio

    by Carpet_Pisser

    but am man enough to admit he is a very good actor and can get way more/hotter pussy than I can ever dream about. Fuck that guy.

  • March 4, 2009, 9:23 a.m. CST

    I appreciate the honesty Carpet_Pisser

    by DoctorWho?

    ...cause the guy does have the chops. I like Bale but haven't seen too many different dimensions from yet...yes a bit overated. I've read geeks calling him one of the best actors of our generation...whatever.<p> And I'm not praising TDK as the greatest thing since sliced bread but I do think it's Nolan's best. MEMENTO was a mess and a novel concept at best.

  • March 4, 2009, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Fuck off fanboys who don't like Leo

    by Reckoner

    He has consistently made good films since Titanic, with a few great ones thrown in. If you can't see that this guy has talent and charisma to spare, then you are an idiot. You fucktards are the same people who said casting Ledger as the joker was a bad idea. You people don't know talent when it's right there in front of you.

  • March 4, 2009, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Chris Bale would put his fist through DiCaprio's face

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    That's all I care about.

  • March 4, 2009, 11:32 a.m. CST

    LoL..CGI Heath Ledger

    by SomaShine

  • March 4, 2009, 11:56 a.m. CST

    to diss Bale is to diss breathing...

    by vaudeville villain

    please drop to your knees and say seven "Hail Bales," while meditating on the sorrow... and your imminent demise.

  • March 4, 2009, 11:59 a.m. CST

    oh... and may Bale haunt the dreams and

    by vaudeville villain

    eat the toes of those who dare to bad mouth Memento...

  • March 4, 2009, 3:08 p.m. CST

    That magician movie was awful

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Saw it, was bored by it. Terrible.

  • March 4, 2009, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Nolan has directed a bad movie...

    by alienindisguise

    It was called The Dark Knight

  • March 4, 2009, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Count me in.

    by beastie

    Love DiCaprio. Defended him for a while. Love Nolan. No need to defend him. Should be good.

  • March 4, 2009, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Uhh..what does Alexander Payne have to do with this?

    by TheMark

    Seriously? I mean, Election was sweet, Sideways was cool but it's fans really make me want to burn down every vineyard in the world. Just seemed unnecessary. Sorry, I'm still relatively new to posting on here so i've gotta get YEARS of repressed talkback rage out.

  • March 4, 2009, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Leo as the Joker

    by trombone

    I like it. And I think he can pull it off. Depends on how well he gets along with Nolan, though. Another actor to overshadow Bale...

  • March 4, 2009, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Leo can't act? Right......

    by drewlicious

    He's actually a fantastic actor....it might be that some of you just can't stand his personality. Different strokes for different folks I guess.

  • March 4, 2009, 9:23 p.m. CST

    This sounds like an excellent pairing of actor and director.

    by a goonie

    Nolan is one helluva great director and DiCaprio is one helluva great actor. Seeing these two team up sounds like a blast to me.

  • March 4, 2009, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Re: DoctorWho?

    by Cobbio

    You wrote, "MEMENTO was a mess and a novel concept at best."<p> Yeah, that about spells it out for you. Too bad you don't possess the attention span to enjoy an intense, groundbreaking examination of human cognition and memory. Your loss.

  • March 4, 2009, 10 p.m. CST

    Bale can really only play Cowards

    by bottombrick

    except maybe that magician movie. And DiCaprio was perfect in Gangs of New York, that was the character - a delinquent little man-boy with a chip on his shoulder that elicits a fatherly instinct in the butcher and has a hard time of being his bosom buddy while being forced to wait to take his vengeance, because he is too much of a bitch to act

  • March 5, 2009, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Actually Nolan has directed a bad film...

    by Frank Black

    ...and it was called The Prestige and it was AWFUL!

  • March 5, 2009, 12:12 a.m. CST

    I liked Memento and I loved the Dark Knight, but...

    by Frank Black

    Nolan is a long way from being great...

  • March 5, 2009, 2 a.m. CST

    trombone re: Leo Joker

    by JuntMonkey

    Thanks trombone! Been trying to get the Leo Joker thing off the ground for a month now, and even now with this casting news nobody is listening to me except you and like one other dude.

  • March 5, 2009, 4:05 a.m. CST

    Dr.Who I say weak central romance because...

    by IndustryKiller!

    If they absolutely HAD to have a romance, which like you I completely disagree with in a Batman film unless the that woman has certain feline sensibilities, you better fucking make it work. The rectified this brilliantly in Dark Knight by making Dawes less a character and more a tool of Harvey Dent's downfall, a position in which she worked brilliantly. but I agree that character should have never existed in the first place. You can thank the studios who erroneously think every fucking comic book film needs a leading lady and that hack David Goyer.

  • March 5, 2009, 4:08 a.m. CST

    Body of Lies is fucking sweet

    by TallBoy66

    Leonardo DiCaprio gets his fingers smashed in with a hammer. Seriously, what's not to like?

  • March 5, 2009, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Insomnia

    by daveyf

    It's the only movie by Nolan that I don't really like. I just don't relate to any of its caracters. And Pacino has sucked ass for 2 decades now.

  • March 5, 2009, 11:51 a.m. CST

    oh and anyone

    by daveyf

    that thinks The Dark Knight is a bad movie (different from not finding it great) is a fruit.

  • March 5, 2009, 5:40 p.m. CST

    bowie was the best actor...

    by emeraldboy

    in the prestige. Tesla deserves a movie of his own.

  • March 5, 2009, 5:42 p.m. CST

    memento is work...

    by emeraldboy

    of Electrfying Genius. superb, superb, suberb.