After giving power-packed performances in two back-to-back releases - The Departed and Blood Diamond - Leonardo DiCaprio is to star in a screen version of the Enron corporate scandal.
Warner Bros. studio is buying the rights to Kurt Eichenwald's book about the scandal called Conspiracy of Fools. The Oscar nominated actor will play a newly joined employee at Enron who slowly uncovers the unethical procedures that bankrupted the company in 2001.
DiCaprio's company Appian Way will produce the film, reported DPA.
Enron was one of the US' largest companies before it filed for bankruptcy in 2001. More than 5,000 workers lost their jobs and a billion-dollar pension fund went missing as company executives hid losses from shareholders and the public.
The script will be penned by Sheldon Turner, who said it was a challenge to turn the book into a drama, said ananova.com.
Said Turner: "Kurt made the factual stuff read like a thriller, and it felt right to tell the story from the point of view of an outsider. The goal was to take it away from feeling like a staid look at a corporation and turn it into a character study of how people react under adversity."
DiCaprio has been nominated for a best-actor Oscar for his role in Blood Diamond. The Departed, a movie starring him, is also nominated for best film.