http://www.empireonline.co.uk/site/news/newsstory.asp?news_id=16912 African-set dramatic thriller directed by Ed Zwick 29 June 2005 Shock news, folks Leonardo DiCaprio has agreed to star in a movie that wont be directed by Martin Scorsese! Yes, after his run of films with the monobrowed Master Gangs Of New York, The Aviator and the currently-filming The Departed DiCaprio will spread his wings a little and the name of the film that will take him away from Marty? The Blood Diamond, an African-set thriller to be directed by Ed Zwick. The movie will be set in a civil-war ravaged Sierra Leone circa 1999, and will see DiCaprio play a diamond smuggler who specialises in the sale of blood diamonds, which are then used to finance rebellions, terrorism and the like. So basically, hes a murky and amoral anti-hero. Things take a twist when he encounters a farmer whose young son has been recruited into an army of child soldiers and, presumably, he faces up to a moral conundrum and learns to live and love etc. etc. etc. So, here we have a drama with the moral conscience of Hotel Rwanda, and presumably the action quotient of Zwicks last picture, The Last Samurai. Sounds vaguely promising, although were not exactly counting the days so far. Nevertheless, the combo of DiCaprio and Zwick (whose films are often portentous and slightly pretentious, but look great, with quality casts) would seem to indicate that this could be Oscar bait, come 2007. Filming on the Zwick flick is scheduled to begin next year.