Tom Hardy and Leonardo DiCaprio planning potentially Oscar bait anti-poaching drama

Multi-narrative drama in the works at Warner Bros
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Tom Hardy, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire are reportedly teaming up to produce and possibly star in a film about the problem of poaching worldwide.

The multi-strand narrative has all the hallmarks of an Oscar Best Picture nominee (bar the DiCaprio curse), with Deadline outlining how "the characters range from the back-room dealings of corrupt executives, to a portrait of the life of a poacher, to others involved in the underbelly of a global scourge that occurs not only in the jungles but also the oceans, where illegal shark fishing runs rampant."

Mission Impossible 5 scribe Will Staples will develop the script for Warner Bros, having gotten his break in video games and also having an action thriller in the works for Ben Affleck.

Hardy currently has another film in the works with Warner, which will look at trafficking and  see him place a special forces soldier training Zimbabwean locals to fight poachers.

Hardy has two films about poachers on the way

DiCaprio is a keen activist, having previously donated $1 million to the Wildlife Conservation Society.

His next role will be in Alejandro González Iñárritu's The Revenant, which is set in the 1820s and centres on the story of a frontiersman, Hugh Glass, who goes out for vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling.