Warner Bros. Pictures and Appian Way have acquired Jason Hall's script pitch "Rasputin". The project is being developed for Leonardo DiCaprio to play the mad monk.
If it goes forward, DiCaprio would star as the Russian mystic who became an advisor to the Imperial family the Romanovs in the early 20th century.
Rasputin's influence, partly due to his ability to treat the hemophilia of Tsar Nicholas II's son, grew to the point that rivals tried several times to kill him (and succeeded in 1916).
Hall's new take on the man adds more dimensions than previously seen in films featuring the character. This includes how the death of his brother affected him, and the kindness of which he was capable.
Kevin McCormick, Jennifer Davisson Killoran and Peter Morgan will produce.