Leonardo DiCaprio just landed, what might be, the most complex role of his acting career (and that’s saying a lot considering he is one of the most diverse and complex actors we have ever seen onscreen). The Academy-Award nominated star is set to play in the upcoming film The Crowded Room.

The movie is about a man with 24 different personalities based on a non-fiction novel called “The Minds of Billy Milligan” by Daniel Keyes. DiCaprio will be playing the lead.

The plot of the novel is described as follows on the author’s official site:

Out of control of his own actions, Billy Milligan was a man tormented by twenty-four distinct personalities battling for supremacy over his body — a battle that culminated when he awoke in jail, arrested for the kidnap and rape of three women. In a landmark trial, Billy was acquitted of his crimes by reason of insanity caused by multiple personality — the first such decision in history — bringing to public light the most remarkable and harrowing case of multiple personality ever recorded.

Twenty-four people live inside Billy Milligan.

Philip, a petty criminal; Kevin, who dealt drugs and masterminded a drugstore robbery; April whose only ambition was to kill Billy’s stepfather; Adalana, the shy, lonely, affection-starved lesbian who “used” Billy’s body in the rapes that led to his arrest; David, the eight-year-old “keeper of pain”; Arthur, the Englishman; Ragen, the “keeper of Rage” who possessed incredible strength; Allen, the con man; Tommy, the escape-artist, and all of the others, including men, women, several children, both boys and girls, and the Teacher, the only one who can put them all together. Each of these “people” play a distinct role in this often shocking true story.

Perhaps this will be the film to get Leonardo DiCaprio his first, long-awaited, and well-deserved Oscar. We will give you more information on the release as it becomes available.

Most recently Leo starred as Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street, which was nominated for an impressive 5 Oscars, including one for best performance by DiCaprio. If you haven’t seen this phenomenal film, make sure you do. You can watch The Wolf of Wall Street on iTunes and Netflix in limited regions, and on Vudu in the USA. If you want to watch this movie but it’s not available in your region, simply use the proxy provider below and watch The Wolf of Wall Street online from anywhere.

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