NEW YORK — Drew Barrymore and Leonardo DiCaprio are in final negotiations to star in Woody Allen’s fall project, sources said. They’ll join Kenneth Branagh, who also agreed to take a starring role last week in the untitled film Allen will start in September, sources said.
Barrymore will shoot Allen’s next film before going to Europe to star in “Cinderella” for director Andy Tennant (“Fools Rush In”) and Fox Family Films. Barrymore recently completed “Home Fries” for Warner Bros. and “The Wedding Singer” at New Line. She’s repped by Gaby Morgerman and Brian Gersh at William Morris.
DiCaprio said yes to Allen as he sorts through a flurry of offers. Sources said that both “Shine” director Scott Hicks is wooing him for “Snow Falling on Cedars,” with “Sense and Sensibility” director Ang Lee angling to get DiCaprio for his next project. And DiCaprio is still expecting to star for “Heat” director Michael Mann as “The Inside Man,” a true story about a father and son in conflict involving police and politics in the ’80s.
Mann’s currently writing the script for Touchstone. Mann has yet to decide on his next film, though it could be “Inside Man” or a pic about tobacco-industry whistleblower Jeffrey Wigand, which “Forrest Gump” scribe Eric Roth is currently scripting. DiCaprio’s managed by Addis/Wechsler’s Rick Yorn; attorney Steve Warren of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller & Hoberman also reps the actor.