Alum Martin Scorsese to Direct WAGER, starring Leonardo DiCaprio

Tuesday, Aug 2, 2022

Martin Scorsese (cred: The New York Times)

Martin Scorsese (cred: The New York Times)

Alum Martin Scorsese will direct the upcoming adaption of the unreleased nonfiction book The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny, and Murder for Apple Original Films.

Officially titled Wager, the film has Leonardo DiCaprio attached to star. This marks Scorsese and DiCaprio’s second collaboration following the recently wrapped Killers of the Flower Moon, Scorsese’s film adaptation of David Grann’s hit, true-crime non-fiction book.

As to the plot of the film, The Hollywood Reporter said, “Set in the 1740s, Wager’s story is set in motion when a patched-together boat with 30 emaciated men lands on the coast of Brazil. The men were the surviving crew of a British ship that was chasing a Spanish vessel and had crashed onto an island in South America’s Patagonia region. Their tales of surviving the seas and elements made them heroes. However, six months later another vessel, even more beat up than the first, showed up on the coat of Chile, this one with three sailors — who accuse the passengers on the other boat of being mutineers.

As accusations and counter-accusations flew, the British Admiralty set a special trial to uncover the truth of what exactly happened on the island, exposing a story of not just a captain and crew struggling to survive one of the most extreme climates on the planet, but also battling their own human natures.”

Read more at The Hollywood Reporter.