Leonardo DiCaprio Not to Play Sufi Poet ‘Rumi’ in a Hollywood Movie

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UPDATE: Leonardo DiCaprio has decided not to play Rumi in the upcoming biopic on the Sufi mystic, Jalaluddin Rumi. This month earlier, producers Stephen Joel Brown and David Franzoni created quite the stir on social media when they revealed they wanted DiCaprio, a white actor to play part of the Afghan born 13th century poet Rumi.

Leo was not the only Hollywood actor to play a non white role in the movie; the producers rooted for Robert Downey to play the part of Shams of Tabriz in the same biopic. “This is the level of casting that we’re talking about,” reported The Guardian.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: Leonardo DiCaprio attends an event for being named UN Messenger Of Peace at the United Nations on September 20, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

The Hollywood Reporter, however, quotes a source close to Leo as saying, “He hasn’t been asked, but regardless he will not be pursuing the project. He’s finishing his forthcoming climate-change documentary.”

Leonardo is currently on vacation in the Bahamas with model girlfriend Nina Adgal.

Even though Leo has not revealed what project he will be taking on next, it is likely that he considers Ben Affleck’s directorial flick Live by Night and Delirium- a horror-thriller 

“It’s shocking that Leo stopped working at the peak of his career and went on hiatus,” Page Six reported.

David Franzoni, who won the Oscar for best screenwriting is all set to make a biopic on the life of Jalaluddin Rumi and Sham of Tabriz. For the role he will be casting Leonardo DiCaprio to play Rumi, and Robert Downey Jr to star as Shams of Tabriz.

Meanwhile, Twitter followers did not take the Hollywood Rumi role as a sensible decision.


Does the Titanic hero really look like Rumi, a spiritual and a mystical poet of 13th century, who was born in Afghanistan and migrated to Baghdad then Mecca and Damascus with his family as a refugee before settling in Konya, in modern-day Turkey?

The answer seems really complex! As both the heroes are talented, however, talking about casting Rumi, the great Sufi leader in Hollywood role seems a little disturbing.

Revealing about the role of Rumi Franzoni said, “He’s like a Shakespeare.” “He’s a character who has enormous talent and worth to his society and his people, and obviously resonates today. Those people are always worth exploring.”

Franzoni and Brown said they would like Leonardo DiCaprio to play Rumi, and Robert Downey Jr to star as Shams of Tabriz, though they said it was too early to begin casting. “This is the level of casting that we’re talking about,” said Brown, chief executive of Y Productions.

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The biopic turned out challenging when Franzoni announced to cast Leonardo DiCaprio as the mystical and spiritual poet Rumi and Robert Downey Jr as Shams Tabriz.

People outraged on Twitter, claiming this an insensible choice of actors.

Have a look at some tweets here:



Have a look at what the film and media critic Imran Siddique has to say about the cast:

The makers, on the other hand said it’s too early to predict the cast right now.

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