A Screenwriter Wants Leonardo DiCaprio To Play Rumi And People Are Outraged
Published: Jun 8, 2016

An Oscar-nominated screenwriter David Franzoni has signed on to pen a biopic about 13th-century Persian poet Jalal al-Din Rumi. He would like to cast Leonardo DiCaprio as Jalal al-Din Rumi and Robert Downing Jr as Shams of Tabriz.

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“Rumi is hugely popular in the United States. I think it [making this film] gives him a face and a story,” Franzoni said.


Many people were outraged when they heard about the potential casting of white actors in the Rumi movie.

Hollywood, can you not?