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DiCaprio out, Mangold in McGee film

Leonardo DiCaprio has decided not to star in a Travis McGee adaptation, but is staying on as producer and director James Mangold could join the project.

The Wolf Of Wall Street star was originally set to star as Travis in the film of John D MacDonald's book The Deep Blue Good-by, with the role being written with him in mind, but has now decided to scale down his involvement to producing only, according to Deadline.

After Leo made his decision, the film began negotiations to sign up Wolverine director James to helm it and he is currently in talks about a deal.

There are 21 McGee novels, of which The Deep Blue Good-by from 1964 was the first, and they follow beach bum Travis who lives aboard his boat The Busted Flush and recovers property for clients, getting into misadventures and rescuing damsels in distress along the way.

A replacement for Leo has not been cast yet, but film bosses are said to be hoping to bag another A-list star.

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