It looks like Leonardo DiCaprio is headed to Guyana. The Oscar winner is reportedly set to star as cult leader Jim Jones in an upcoming movie about the Jonestown massacre that occurred in 1978.
DiCaprio will also produce the film, and Scott Rosenberg, the screenwriter behind Venom, is attached to write the script. There’s no word yet on who will direct.
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The film will follow Jones as he goes from the founder of the Peoples Temple in Indianapolis in 1955 to a paranoid and abusive leader who moved the settlement to Guyana in the ’70s. In November of 1978, Jones led a mass murder-suicide of his followers, killing more than 900 people by forcing them to drink a flavoured drink mix that contained cyanide. The event is where the phrase “drink the Kool-Aid” comes from.
DiCaprio is currently busy as he prepares for the release of his next film, Don’t Look Up, which is due on Netflix in December. Jennifer Lawrence, Timothee Chalamet and Meryl Streep also star.