Well if there ever was an odd couple├óΓé¼┬ª
Leonardo DiCaprio and Michael Bay are coming together for a film based on the Rwandan national biking team. Interesting choice right? Well it doesn’t stop there├óΓé¼┬ª
Apparently Bay and DiCaprio are in talks to produce the film via each of their companies, Bay Films and Appian Way. But DiCaprio is NOT attached to star in the film and Bay isn’t directing. Inside reports say that both men came upon the story individually and decided to team up.
As of right now, the director is going to be Orlando von Einsiedel — most notably known for Virunga, his Oscar-nominated documentary about the fight to save gorillas. Bay probably helped choose the director as he’s a huge animal-rights activist and was a fan of the gorilla doc.
Though it has no script yet, the story will follow Jacques “Jock” Boyer, the first American cyclist to race in the Tour de France. He was a successful biker who was a bit different than the other athletes as he was a Seventh Day Adventist who only ate nuts and berries. The drama starts after he retired from racing and the young age of 32. He had started a business and which he was later pushed out of by his partners and then was was thrown in jail due to an affair with a teenager.
It wasn’t until around 2007 when he went to Rwanda and ended up taking a group of local boys who had were poverty stricken, scrappy kids who had survived butchering and ultimately turned them into Team Rwanda. Of this group, there was one young boy, Adrien Niyonshuti, who ended up making it to the 2012 London Olympics in mountain bike cross-country.
We’re SURE this is going to be quite the inspirational story and we can’t wait to see what Bay, DiCaprio and von Einsiedel can do with it!
[Image via Brian To/star.press/WENN.]