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Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks to produce HBO Films' 'Gorbachev'

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Leonardo DiCaprio is to produce HBO Films' Gorbachev through his Appian Way banner.

Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman's Playtone will join him to bring the tale of the former Russian Premier to the screen, reports Deadline.

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev speaks during his open lecture ''Does a man change history, or history change a man?" in Moscow - March 2013

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Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev



Mikhail Gorbachev will himself serve as a consultant on the film, which views the dissolution of the USSR through his eyes.

DiCaprio and Gorbachev previously met when the former was working on documentary The 11th Hour.

Former Hell on Wheels showrunner John Shiban will write the script.

Leonardo DiCaprio, attends the 2013 National Board of Review Awards in New York.

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Tom Hanks
New York Premiere of 'Game Change' at the Ziegfeld Theatre - Arrivals
New York City

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At the same time, Mike Newell is working on Reykjavik, a film which dramatises the former president's 1986 meeting with Ronald Reagan in Iceland's capital.

DiCaprio and Hanks previously worked together on Catch Me If You Can.

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