Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks are reuniting on a project together for the first time since they starred in the Hollywood film Catch Me If You Can, but this time they are working on the same side. DiCaprio and Hanks are working with HBO to develop a movie about former Soviet Union president, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Gorbachev himself will be helping out with the project.
The biopic will chronicle Gorbachev’s time as president through the end of the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. Gorbachev was responsible for bringing democracy to the Soviet Block through introducing glasnost and perestroika and helping to end the Cold War. The script for the film is being penned by X-Files and Breaking Bad writer and producer John Shiban.
Neither DiCaprio or Hanks have any plans of making an appearance of the film; they are both on board only to lend a hand through their production companies (DiCaprio’s Appian Way and Hanks’ Playtone). Gorbachev, now 82 years old, will be serving as a consultant on the project. The film is a result of the relationship between DiCaprio and Gorbachev, who have worked together in the past on DiCaprio’s movie The 11th Hour.
In addition to Gorbachev, consultants on the film will also include Gorbachev’s long-time aide Pavel Palazchenko, writer David E. Hoffman and Serbian director Dejan Karaklajić.