Leonardo DiCaprio, the Oscar-winning Hollywood actor, will feature in the English remake of the Oscar-winning film Another Round, Deadline reported on Tuesday. The Thomas Vinterberg directorial won the Best International Feature Film Award that was held on April 25.
While Vinterberg will neither be writing nor directing the remake, he will executive produce the film, along with Sisse Graum Jørgensen and Kasper Dissing.
The rights of the Danish film were acquired by DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson’s Appian Way, Endeavor Content, and Brad Weston’s Makeready, with DiCaprio set to star as Martin, the history teacher, originally played by Mads Mikkelsen.
The writer and director for the remake have not been finalised yet.
DiCaprio’s company sought the rights to the film during a bid that unfolded during the final two weeks of the Oscar race. As per Deadline, other companies including, Studiocanal with The Picture Company and Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker’s Nine Stories, and Elizabeth Banks in a bid with Universal Pictures, were the potential buyers at the auction that was even before the film’s Oscar win. The auction was conducted by Vinterberg’s ICM Partners representatives.
Another Round involves four friends, all high school teachers, who test a theory that they will improve their lives by maintaining a constant level of alcohol in their blood, as per IMDb. While they are initially exacting about their levels, things progressively get out of hand for some of them.
Vinterberg, in a conversation with IndieWire, said that he has seen “various interpretations” of his work, adding, “It’s an interesting artistic thing to see something grow into different versions. Now it’s in the hands of the finest actor you can get and besides being a brilliant actor, he’s made very intelligent choices throughout his career. I feel there’s a lot of integrity in the choices he’s made. I’m full of hope and curiosity about what they’re up to.”
As per the report, he will meet with Appian Way on Tuesday and “discuss this with them”.