LEONARDO DiCAPRIO's dreams of playing historical legend ALEXANDER THE GREAT have been put on hold due to a lack of Japanese interest.

Reports in today's (17NOV03) DAILY VARIETY suggest producer DINO DE LAURENTIIS (corr) has failed to presell his project to Japanese investors.

The delay means DiCaprio's next movie is likely to see him reteam with Robert De Niro in THE GOOD SHEPHERD - after he wraps on Howard Hughes biopic THE AVIATOR - instead of shooting ALEXANDER THE GREAT with Moulin Rouge! director Baz LUHRMANN.

Meanwhile, a rival $150 million (GBP93.8 million) Alexander project, starring Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie and Val Kilmer, and directed by OLIVER STONE, is already well underway.

17/11/2003 21:04