Leonardo DiCaprio to Star in and Produce “The Black Hand” for Paramount


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Oscar-winner is set to star in and produce , a new film set up at based on the book of the same name by . DiCaprio’s banner will co-produce alongside The , the Tracking Board has confirmed.

The book tells the true story of Joe Petrosino, a police officer who was one of the first to take on organized crime by going after a gang that came out of Italy and to America around the turn of the century. Their calling card was a black hand, hence the title, and they performed ruthless acts such as kidnapping people and extorting their families for money.

Many other Italian immigrants, Petrosino included, who spoke Italian fluently, which aided in his pursuit, were resentful of the gang for giving Italian immigrants the reputation of being criminals in the United States. Eventually, Petrosino was killed by the gang in 1909 but not before arresting and deporting several of the gang’s members.

The project is currently seeking a writer to adapt the book.

Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Jeremy Bell, and Jennifer Davisson of Gotham will produce alongside Nathaniel Posey of Appian. Ashley Brucks and Gabby Canton will oversee for Paramount.

Talty has written several other historical , including A Captain’s Duty, the basis for the film Captain Phillips, and his newest book is Under the Same Sky, about a North Korean boy’s escape to America during the Great Famine. He was repped by and Waxman Leavell in the deal.

DiCaprio won his Oscar last year for his lead role in The Revenant. He currently has several projects in , both as an actor and producer, such as Lionsgate’s Robin Hood: Origins and Warner Bros.’ Legacy of Secrecy. He’s repped by .


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This news was first reported by Deadline.


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