Mel Gibson to direct DiCaprio in Viking movie

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Hollywood actor and director Mel Gibson's next directing project will be an as-yet untitled film about Vikings, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, "Variety" reported on Monday.

Gibson is to direct DiCaprio in an untitled period drama set during Viking times, according to the film industry bible, which reported that veteran script writer William Monahan also has signed on to the project.

"This will be an awe-inspiring story, created with some of the industry's finest cinematic talent and I am just over the moon to be making this film with Mel, Leo and Bill," said the film's producer Graham King in a statement.

Filming will be completed at the end of 2010, the statement said.

Gibson, 53, previously directed the action-packed "Braveheart," as well as "The Passion of the Christ" and "Apocalypto."

The Viking film will be his first collaboration with DiCaprio.

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