David Ignatius novel coming to silver screen with DiCaprio, Ridley Scott.

Last Spring, in my Eye on Hollywood column in Crimespree magazine, I reported that screenwriter William Monahan (Kingdom of Heaven, The Departed) and Director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Alien) were joining forces to bring David Ignatius’ forthcoming novel Penetration to the big screen.

Well, the novel has a new name, Body of Lies; and a star, Leonardo DiCaprio.

Variety is reporting that Mr. DeCaprio is in discussion to play the lead, a CIA opperative that is sent to Jordan after an Al Qaeda opperative that is rumored to be planning an attack on the United States.

Scott and Monahan previous worked together on 2005’s massive turkey, Kingdom of Heaven.