Did Twitter hatred make Leonardo DiCaprio back out of playing Rumi?

  • IANS, Los Angeles
  • Updated: Jun 30, 2016 15:42 IST
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While known for playing iconic characters ranging from Howard Hughes in The Aviator to Hugh Glass in The Revenant, Leonardo DiCaprio will reportedly not be playing Persian poet Rumi anytime soon.

Screenwriter David Franzoni and producer Stephen Joel Brown, who are working on a film about the 13th century poet, said in an interview that DiCaprio was their top choice to play Rumi.

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However, sources say no one from the film has reached out to DiCaprio about the project, reports hollywoodreporter.com.

“He hasn’t been asked, but regardless he will not be pursuing the project,” sources close to DiCaprio said.

Meanwhile, thousands of people signed a petition demanding producers cast a Middle Eastern actor to play Persian poet Rumi in the film.

The petitioners called it the “Hollywood whitewashing” for not giving Muslim actors positive roles and typecasting them as negative characters.

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