Leonardo DiCaprio to take on ‘the Reaper’

New Regency has picked up the screen rights to Josh Bazell’s “Beat the Reaper” with Leonardo DiCaprio lined up for the film’s main character.

Variety reports DiCaprio will produce the film with Julie Yorn, Jennifer Davisson Killoran, and Aaron Criswell.

The film will follow a Manhattan emergency room doctor in witness protection whose past comes back to haunt him when a mobster recognizes him from his past life as a hitman.

The novel was published by Little Brown after it picked up the title in 2007 following an eight-house auction. Bazell was a medical intern before receiving a seven-figure deal for his first novel.

DiCaprio has picked up a Golden Globes nomination for his work in “Revolutionary Road,” and just completed shooting on Martin Scorsese’s “Shutter Island” for Paramount.

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