Leonardo DiCaprio is fresh off the red carpet after his opening night as the depicter of Jay Gatsby in “The Great Gatsby”. DiCaprio has been earmarked to play Grigori Rasputin, a Russian mystic and adviser to the Romanovs, the Russian Imperial family in the early 20th century. Rasputin was considered a “strannik” (or pilgrim), regarded as a monk by those believing him to be a psychic and faith healer.
Embraced by Tsar Nicholas II and Alexandra as a healer for their only son, Tsarevich Alexei, who secretly suffered from hemophilia, Rasputin’s influence with the family in all matters grew to the point that rivals tried several times to kill him and finally succeeding in 1916. The murder of Grigori Rasputin has become one of the most legendary accounts in history. Rasputin, also known as “the Mad Monk” was poisoned, shot four times, badly beaten, and drowned.
Will “Rasputin” prove to be another biopic Oscar film in the making?
DiCaprio next film “The Wolf of Wall Street” it will be released on November 15 in the U.S.