Published On: Thu, Jun 30th, 2016

Leonardo DiCaprio will not perform Rumi



American actor and film producer Leonardo DiCaprio won’t be blameworthy of ‘whitewashing’, in spite of everything, as he has determined not to perform the role of Rumi in an imminent biopic on the Sufi mystic.

The producers of the movie, David Franzoni, and Stephen Joel Brown, previously this month, created the disturbance when they told that they want to cast DiCaprio — a white actor — to perform the character of the 13th-century old poet — who was born in Afghanistan.


In the early 1990s, DiCaprio started his career by appearing in television commercials, subsequent to which he had recurring roles in TV series. Leo wasn’t the mere actor who was in rumors for playing a non-white character; Robert Downey Jr was another character who was said to play the role Shams of Tabriz in the similar movie. The leading American magazine The Guardian had reported Stephan as stating that “This is the level of casting that we’re talking about,” 

Nonetheless, a most recent report in the Hollywood Reporter states a source near to Leo as sharing that “He hasn’t been asked, but regardless he will not be pursuing the project. He’s finishing his forthcoming climate-change documentary.”


Leo hasn’t performed in almost two years since his Oscar-winning performance in The Revenant and he hasn’t signed any imminent ventures. He is at present busy and vacationing with model girlfriend Nina Adgal in the Bahamas.

Another press report added that “It’s shocking that Leo stopped working at the peak of his career and went on hiatus,”

Though he has not revealed anything about what he will be working on after that, possibilities are that he might mull over Ben Affleck’s imminent directorial Live by Night and a horror-thriller Delirium.

About the Author

Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.