U.S. actor Leonardo DiCaprio will play the role of notorious Russian historical figure, Grigory Rasputin. The script was written by Jason Hall, known for his work on American Sniper.
The film will be made at Warner Bros. studio. The plot is centered on the rise of Grigory Rasputin and his life after the loss of his brother during childhood years.
The film is said to end with the murder of Rasputin, which took place in 1916.
Rasputin was a Russian mystic and advisor to the Romanovs, the Russian Imperial family. He was never officially connected to the Orthodox Church but considered a "strannik" (or pilgrim) wandering from cloister to cloister. He was even regarded as a starets ("elder", a title usually reserved for monk-confessors) by those believing him to be a psychic and faith healer. He impressed many people with his knowledge and ability to explain the Bible in an uncomplicated way