Leonardo DiCaprio leaves Gibson movie

July 30th, 2010

Leonardo DiCaprio has pulled out of Mel Gibson's new movie.

The 'Inception' actor has decided to remove himself from the film about Vikings after director Mel was accused of domestic abuse and child endangerment.

A friend of 35-year-old Leonardo replied, "Not a chance" when asked if the actor was still attached to the project.

The untitled Viking film would have been the first time Leonardo worked with Oscar winning actor/director Mel.

A source close to Leonardo - who shot to fame after starring in the blockbuster movie 'Titanic' - said the actor did not want to risk his reputation, by being associated with Mel.

Leonardo has recently enjoyed huge commercial success with both 'Inception' and 'Shutter Island'.

The insider explained to RadarOnline.com: "Leo has earned the right to pick and choose who he works with and Mel Gibson is not one of them."

The project is being produced by Graham King and Mel Gibson's production company Icon Productions.

Last year it was reported that the period piece would be similar in storyline to Mel's other successful films 'Braveheart' and 'The Passion of the Christ'.

Shooting was due to begin in autumn 2010 but it is unclear if this will now go ahead as planned.

Leonardo recently revealed his excitement at working on the project.

He said: "I always wanted to do a Viking movie. I'm a big history buff, and I don't think there's been a really fantastic Viking movie ever made. Those were some of the most barbaric people ever in history."