Leonardo DiCaprio will play the founder of the sect “Temple of the Nations” Jim Jones in the new film
Leonardo DiCaprio will play the leader of the sect “Temple of the Nations” Jim Jones in the new film studio MGM, writes Deadline.
The actor will also co-produce with Jennifer Davisson and Scott Rosenberg (scriptwriter). The latter is best known for his work on the Marvel movie Venom (2018) and the comedy Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2019).
The studio has yet to reveal other details, including the full cast and release date.
Jim Jones in 1955 founded the Temple of the Nations sect in Indianapolis, in which he promoted the so-called “Christian socialism”, and by 1970 openly rejected traditional Christianity and declared that he was God.
Four years later, he moved to Guyana and built a community there called Johnstown. Jones convinced his followers that the place was “a socialist paradise free from the oppression of the American government.”
In 1978, amid rumors of human rights abuses, the US government sent a delegation to Guyana to check on the Jones community.
However, a firefight broke out between the preacher and representatives of the authorities.
After the conflict, Jones organized a mass suicide of his followers – a total of 918 people died, including 304 children.
The preacher himself was found with a bullet in the head.