Braveheart star to return to Scotland


By Andrea McCallum

BRAVEHEART star and director Mel Gibson could return to the rolling landscapes of Scotland for his latest war epic.

The award-winning actor is considering location options for a Viking movie which is allegedly untitled and at script stage.

And fifteen years after Braveheart was made Gibson may just shoot Scotland’s stunning scenery once again.

Gibson, 53, is no stranger to the country having shot Braveheart in 1995 and Hamlet in 1990.

Maxine Leonard, senior vice-president of GK films, said it was “early days”.

She added: “We haven’t actually got the script yet. Right now the world is our oyster.”

The Viking idea has also attracted Leonardo Dicaprio who is tipped to take the lead role.

Ms Leonard said Gibson, Dicaprio and producer Graham King were “excited” about the project.

She said: “Who knows who introduced the conversation, whether it was Mel or Leo or Graham.

“I’m sure it probably all happened at the same time.

“But I know Mel and Leo have always wanted to do a Viking project.

“That’s what got them all excited.”

Gibson’s most recent screen successes include his 2006 venture Apocalypto and in 2004 the controversial recreation The Passion of Christ made more than $600 million.

Oscar-winning writer William Monahan is currently working on the new script.

Graham King, Gibson’s co-producer, said: “This will be an awe-inspiring story, created with some of the industry’s finest cinematic talent, and I am just over the moon to be making this film with Mel, Leo and Bill.”

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