DiCaprio playing poker in new drama

Mon Jun 15, 2009 9:17pm EDT
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By Jay A. Fernandez and Matthew Belloni

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Leonardo DiCaprio is attached to star in a film set in the world of online poker.

Paramount is developing the untitled project after picking up a pitch from writers Brian Koppelman and David Levien, who covered similar ground with their debut script for "Rounders," which starred Edward Norton and Matt Damon as high-stakes players in the underground poker scene. The plot of the new film was being kept appropriately close to the vest.

DiCaprio, who most recently starred in "Revolutionary Road," returns to theaters in October with Paramount's Martin Scorsese-directed thriller "Shutter Island."

(Editing by Dean Gooodman at Reuters)

<p>Actor Leonardo DiCaprio poses as he arrives for the "Cinema for Peace 2009" charity gala at the 59th Berlinale film festival in Berlin February 9, 2009. REUTERS/Johannes Eisele</p>