As Baz Luhrman and Leonardo DiCaprio unveil their second collaborative effort, The Great Gatsby to general audiences this weekend, it’s easy to let the nostalgia take over. It is a beloved story that has been read by teenagers in high schools all across the country for decades and has found a place in all our hearts.

Just like The Great Gatsby, Leonardo DiCaprio has also wormed his way into our hearts throughout his 24-year career. In honor of this remarkable pairing, we thought it would be nice to take a look back at the Leonardo DiCaprio movies that turned the actor into the person we know and love today.

Dom Cobb in ‘Inception’

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Inception, Chris Nolan’s smash hit from 2010, created one of DiCaprio fans’ favorite and one of the most important roles of his career. In his first film post-The Dark Knight, Nolan made an impression on general audiences, and choosing DiCaprio to lead the film was one of the smartest moves he could have made. Equal parts complicated and endearing, the heart at the center of Inception belongs to the struggle that Leo depicts so effectively as Cobb chooses his own reality.

Jack Dawson in ‘Titanic’

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In arguably his most well-known role to date, Leonardo DiCaprio shone through the wide-eyed innocence of Jack Dawson. This character gave life to an event that few people fully understood. History remembers the Titanic as an infamous tragedy, and due reverence is paid to its victims, but Jack Dawson became the face of the many unfortunate victims of unfortunate circumstances in this Oscar-winning film from James Cameron.

Calvin Candy in ‘Django Unchained’

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If there’s one thing Tarantino does well, it’s write enchanting villains. Django Unchained was no different. It’s a shame that he didn’t get more recognition, but Calvin Candy is one sickeningly sweet bad guy. The twisted, stringy slaveowner in Tarantino’s spaghetti western is the perfect foil to Django’s hard-edged, street-wise freed slave. If there could be a better dichotomous duo, I would hang up my holster and saunter out of town…

Billy Costigan in ‘The Departed’

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When an actor lands a partnership with an estimable director like Martin Scorcese, and manages to make an impression enough to land leading roles in four more of his films, you just know that a true talent has found its match. In their third project together, The Departed, DiCaprio tackled the role of Billy Costigan, a young member of a revered mob family in South Boston that becomes a double agent, leaking precious secrets to the Boston police. Most notably, DiCaprio managed to master the tough accent of a South Boston native as well as that of a South African diamond aficionado in the same year. Impressive doesn’t even begin to cover it.

Frank Abagnale Jr. in ‘Catch Me If You Can’

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The imaginative tale of a con artist that managed to swindle millions of dollars by posing as a pilot, a doctor, and a legal authority gave Leo an opportunity to play on the light-hearted side of things. More often than not, his choices lean toward the dramatic, and while this role had no shortage of drama, it also demanded playfulness and fun.

Romeo Montague in ‘Romeo + Juliet’

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In the world of legendary romances, there is none more well-known than Romeo and Juliet. In their first film together, Baz Luhrman and Leonardo DiCaprio managed to spin this classic tale into one of the most successful re-imaginings of a Shakespeare tale to date. Placing the original dialogue in a modern setting breathed new life into the story without stripping it of its most valuable asset. Leo’s performance raised him to heartthrob status in the mid-late 90s; a distinction he held until his roles of the early 2000s propelled him to the epitome of Hollywood elite.

Jim Carroll in ‘The Basketball Diaries’

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The Basketball Diaries provided a unique challenge to a young actor on the rise. In a departure from his otherwise squeaky clean image at the time, this horrific tale of a talented basketball player turned drug addict showed the range that DiCaprio could muster, and it proved to any nay-sayers (if there were any) that this fresh faced youngster was a talent to be reckoned with. We include it as a favorite because it’s hard not to be amazed at the talent such a young man can display, especially with such dark, gritty subject matter.

Arnie Grape in ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’


Perhaps the role that established his reputation as a legitimate young actor, Arnie Grape is equal parts charming, challenging, and engaging. It would have been easy to turn the character into a caricature of that level of mental illness, but Leo managed to balance respect and accuracy without falling too far in either direction, and to strike that balance at the rather young age of 19 is the sign of a true talent, and marked him as one to watch.

J. Edgar Hoover in ‘J. Edgar’

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While not a fan favorite of his films for sure, no one can deny the talent on display as DiCaprio portrays the man credited with bringing the Federal Bureau of Investigation to prominence during his 50 years of service, J. Edgar Hoover. He managed to bring vulnerability to an otherwise turgid, stodgy man, while also painting him as a strong leader, more than capable of handling the demands of his office.

Danny Archer in ‘Blood Diamond’

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The story surrounding Danny Archer and the controversial diamond business provided the perfect platform for DiCaprio to show off his prestigious talent. While some question the accent he affected to make the role as authentic as possible, even more praise the actor for having the guts to tackle such a momentous obstacle, not to mention also attempting a South Boston accent in a film released the same year. Blood Diamond beautifully displays the dedication that DiCaprio has to his craft.

What is your favorite Leonardo DiCaprio movie and character?

After all that talk of inclusivity, Star Trek Beyond falls into the Hollywood trap of implied sexuality.

Mild spoilers for Star Trek Beyond.

Star Trek Beyond, already a wildly anticipated movie, made headlines ahead of its release because of the franchise’s decision to introduce the first openly LGBT character: Mr Sulu, played by John Cho.

While this decision was certainly met with excitement, there was disappointment, too. The original Mr Sulu, George Takei, openly voiced his opinion that they should have introduced a new LGBT character rather than expand on original canon (as they have been the whole trilogy), while Simon Pegg beautifully argued that there was power in using an established character who wouldn’t be defined by his sexuality.

Then came the movie itself, and while the introduction of gay Sulu is still a great thing, we’re left sorely disappointed by Beyond‘s decision to depict the LGBT relationship — or rather, hardly depict it at all.

As reported by our friends at The Mary Sue, the scene featuring Sulu and his husband Ben depicts a “lukewarm” relationship, although Sulu is very affectionate with the pair’s daughter.

This is, unfortunately, a common problem in Hollywood when an LGBT couple — almost impossibly — makes it into a big franchise film. They’re allowed to be there, but having any kind of physical interaction even remotely resembling what a heterosexual couple might have still seems to be off-limits.

Related: Hollywood is failing the LGBT community: GLAAD slams Disney, Paramount and Warner Bros.

And, according to John Cho, there was actually a kiss filmed. “There was a kiss that I think is not there anymore,” he told Collider. “It wasn’t like a make-out session. We’re at the airport with our daughter. It was a welcome-home kiss. I’m actually proud of that scene, because it was pretty tough.”

Cho points out that Ben was played by a non-actor, writer Doug Jung, and says, “Obviously, I just met the kid, and then Doug is not an actor. I just wanted that to look convincingly intimate. We’re two straight guys and had to get to a very loving, intimate place. It was hard to do on the fly. We had to open up. It came off well, in my view.”

And we wish we could have seen it. Introducing a major LGBT character in the Star Trek franchise is a fantastic first step, and depicting two POC actors raising a child together is a great statement — but, unfortunately, the decision to cut out their kiss (which was already chaste, by the sounds of it) is emblematic of Hollywood’s continuous phobia of depicting LGBT relationships and intimacy on the big screen.

As Screen Crush also points out, this exact same scenario played out in Independence Day: Resurgence, too. In Finding Dory, the lesbian couple are only implied, in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it sequence.

LGBT representation (when present at all) is always so subtle, evidently in fear of offending straight audiences while not totally erasing non-straight sexualities. And, sadly, even that is considered a big step forward — but maybe it’s time we start depicting humanity as it is, and not what society wished it was 100 years ago.

Here’s looking at you, Star Wars.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child reviews from theater critics are glowing, so when the hell can Americans get a chance to see the play in New York?

With just days to go until The Cursed Child script book is released around the world, The New York Post’s theater reporter has spoken to sources who say the play will be coming to Broadway sooner rather than later. Producers are currently holding discussions to bring the play to NY as early as 2017.

They haven’t yet announced a Broadway engagement for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” but New York theater people say it’s only a matter of time. Word is that Friedman and Callender are in negotiations for a Shubert theater possibly for next season. They may hit Toronto first, however.

The idea of The Cursed Child hitting Broadway so soon (“next season” could mean around May 2017) will come as a relief to American Harry Potter fans who would rather not travel overseas to see “the eighth story” (though it’s a little more affordable to do so right now thanks to #Brexit). It also speaks to this important fact: It’s important to see The Cursed Child rather than reading it.

If the show does go to Toronto first as The New York Post suggests it might, a trip to Canada would also be easier for Americans. Sorry, people who don’t live in North America.

This writer saw the play in June and absolutely loved the characters and magic happening on stage. But the story is… not the best. I’m very eager to see what fans, myself included, think of the story after reading the script book this weekend.

For her part, Rowling has promised that fans around the world will get to see the play. Only time will tell if she’s hinting at a movie or a world tour:

If ‘Cursed Child’ comes to Broadway next year, will you try to see it ASAP?

The West End production currently has dates running into May 2017, but additional dates are expected to go on sale in early August.

Present day Han Solo may’ve left the main Star Wars series after the events of The Force Awakens, but the character’s time in movie theaters is far from over.

The new Han Solo film from Lucasfilm — scheduled to hit theaters in May 2018 — might turn into a trilogy for the reluctant hero, according to the New York Daily News.

The paper reports that star Alden Ehrenreich has signed a three-picture deal, suggesting that the studio intends to expand the Han Solo spinoff into a trilogy. “They feel that his character has the right potential to become a central figure in several movies,” a source told NY Daily News. “They’re keeping things under wraps at the moment, but the deal is that he has signed for at least three movies.”

This makes a lot of sense given the popularity of the character coupled with his absence in Episode 8 and beyond. We also know that Lucasfilm and Disney have many, many grand plans for Star Wars in the years ahead: The very first Star Wars theatrical spinoff, Rogue One, opens later this year. Episode 8 then hits theaters a year later (2017), followed by Han Solo’s own movie (2018). Next comes Episode 9 in 2019, followed by yet another spinoff reportedly focused on Boba Fett in 2020.

As for 2021 and beyond? Only time will tell, but we expect more movies set in the worlds of The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and now Han Solo.

The Han Solo spinoff will be directed by LEGO Movie helmers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. They’re currently deep into pre-production, as this tweet from Lord this morning shows:

“This is the first film we’ve worked on that seems like a good idea to begin with,” the directors said last July. “We promise to take risks, to give the audience a fresh experience, and we pledge ourselves to be faithful stewards of these characters who mean so much to us. This is a dream come true for us. And not the kind of dream where you’re late for work and all your clothes are made of pudding, but the kind of dream where you get to make a film with some of the greatest characters ever, in a film franchise you’ve loved since before you can remember having dreams at all.”