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DiCaprio to star in Viking movie

Leonardo DiCaprio's dream of starring in a Viking film could finally come true, according to reports.

The Great Gatsby star has "acquired a pitch" for King Harald, which has been likened to Braveheart, with his Appian Way production company and Warner Bros, reported Deadline.

Leo is set to produce the movie too.

The drama, which has been written by Mark L Smith, tells the story of the 11th-century conquerer Harald Hardrada, who is considered as the last great Viking king. He spent 15 years in exile as a mercenary and military commander in the Byzantine Empire before becoming king, and died at the Battle of Stamford Bridge in 1066.

The Oscar-nominated actor has had a passion for making a Viking movie for years, and was previously in talks to star in a Viking film directed by Mel Gibson in 2010.

Last seen in Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, Leonardo will next star in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf Of Wall Street alongside Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey.

The 38-year-old is also set to reunite with his Django Unchained co-star Jamie Foxx for crime film Mean Business On North Ganson Street.

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