He may not have won the Oscar, but Leonardo DiCaprio may as well be given the actor do-gooder of the year award.
According to the website for the film, Virunga is the story of “a small and embattled team of park rangers — including an ex-child soldier turned ranger, a carer of orphan gorillas and a Belgian conservationist — [who] protect [Virunga National Park] from armed militia, poachers and the dark forces struggling to control Congo’s rich natural resources.”
“With Virunga, we’ll work with Leo to introduce viewers around the world to an incredible, gripping story that will have audiences guessing right up until the final act,” Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos said.
DiCaprio serves as an executive producer of the film, and while a Netflix production isn’t unique, what is different about the project is that its premiere on Netflix will be accompanied by a limited theatrical run on Nov. 7. As of now, the film will be released in the New York and Los Angeles markets.
DiCaprio said the partnership with Netflix is “an exciting opportunity to inform and inspire individuals to engage on this topic.”
Aside from his documentary film endeavor with Netflix, DiCaprio is responsible for a ton of other philanthropic ventures this year. He donated $7 million for the world’s oceans back in June. Just a few weeks ago, he spoke in front of the United Nations, urging representatives to take action on climate change.
DiCaprio also recently announced that he will be taking a break from acting following the completion of production on his latest project, The Revenant. No doubt he’ll take the time during his acting break to pursue other ventures like Virunga.