Golden Globe nominee, Leonardo DiCaprio is in negotiations to star in the new crime, thriller entitled Beat the Reaper. According to Variety,  New Regency is in the process of purchasing the rights for the book of the same name, from which the film will be based.

The protagonist in the novel penned by Josh Bazell is a Manhattan emergency room doctor, whose life becomes complicated when a mobster recognizes the doc from his former life as a hitman who went into the witness protection program.

The film will be co-produced by DiCaprio and Aaron Criswell through his Appian Way production company.The book Beat the Reaper is currently being published by Little Brown, which gained the title in an eight-house auction back in 2007.

I’m not sure if it’s just me, but doesn’t the plot of this film sound mighty familiar? Doesn’t it remind you of a History of Violence?  Sure there isn’t the issue of  “memory loss” or “mistaken identity”, but that’s where my mind automatically went.