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DiCaprio gets double duty in UA’s ‘Mask’

Leonardo DiCaprio is set to play a dual role as King Louis of France and a mysterious masked prisoner rescued from the Bastille who joins forces with the reunited Three Musketeers – John Malkovich, Gerard Depardieu and Jeremy Irons as Athos, Porthos and Aramis, respectively – in United Artists’ “The Man in the Iron Mask.”

Based on the Alexander Dumas novel, the swashbuckler has its sword pointed at a late April start date in France with scripter Randall Wallace making his directorial bow.

Shepherded by UA exec VP Rebecca Pollock Parker, the pic gained added momentum under former UA prexy (and now Sony chief) John Calley. UA president Lindsay Doran announced the international cast for the project.

Irons is an Oscar winner for “Reversal of Fortune.” The other three thesps are Academy Award nominees: DiCaprio (supporting actor for “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”); Malkovich (supporting actor for “Places in the Heart” and “In the Line of Fire”) and Depardieu (actor, “Cyrano de Bergerac”).

Wallace earned a screenplay Oscar nom, as well as a Writers Guild of America award, last year for “Braveheart.”

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