Worldwide icon-chevron-right Europe icon-chevron-right United Kingdom icon-chevron-right England icon-chevron-right London icon-chevron-right Leonardo DiCaprio will play the 'Italian Sherlock' in NYC thriller 'The Black Hand'

Leonardo DiCaprio will play the 'Italian Sherlock' in NYC thriller 'The Black Hand'


They called him 'the Italian Sherlock Holmes': Joseph Petrosino was a turn-of-the-century Italian-American lawman whose pioneering crimefighting techniques are still in use today. And now he's coming to the screen courtesy of Leonardo DiCaprio, who'll produce and star in a movie based on Petrosino's most infamous case, as he took on the infamous Black Hand gang, a precursor of the New York mob. 




To be fair, the whole Sherlock thing sounds a bit tenuous: Petrosino used his knowledge of the Italian-American community where he grew up to break the Black Hand's stranglehold on crime, so unless there's a Conan Doyle story where Sherlock infiltrates a gang of posh, opium-addicted violin players their approaches do seem rather radically different. But at least the casting's perfect - Petrosino really does look like 1903's answer to DiCaprio.




Joking aside, this does sound like gripping material for a movie - like 'Gangs of New York' meets 'The Untouchables'. There's no word yet on a director or release date - but Time Out Film will keep you updated when there is.

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