Another Round Director Reacts To New Deal With Leonardo DiCaprio For English Remake

Why replace Mads Mikkelsen in the English version when he's a known actor in America? The director weighs in.

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The Oscar-winning Danish movie Another Round is getting an English language version with Leonardo DiCaprio reportedly lined up to play the lead role portrayed by Mads Mikkelsen. The announcement that DiCaprio's Appian Way bought the English language rights caused something of a stir on some circles, with some people saying Mikkelsen should get to play the role because he's already well-known in America through his appearances in the James Bond franchise and on the TV show Hannibal.

Thomas Vinterberg, the director of Another Round, reacted to the discussion in an interview with IndieWire. He said won't be a writer or director for the English version, but he plans to meet with Appian Way to discuss what happens next.

But for now, Vinterberg said he is confident in DiCaprio's capabilities as an actor.

"Now it's in the hands of the finest actor you can get and besides being a brilliant actor, he's made very intelligent choices throughout his career. I feel there's a lot of integrity in the choices he's made. I'm full of hope and curiosity about what they're up to," he said.

Regarding Mikkelsen's role being recast with DiCaprio for the English version of Another Round, Vinterberg said he's not sure Mikkelsen would even want to do it. Instead, Vinterberg's gut reaction is that it would be "confusing" to have the same actor play the role in a different interpretation.

"I don't know if Mads would do such a thing. My first thought would be to make a different interpretation," he said. "Asking the same actor to do a different interpretation could be a little bit confusing. But I won't be the main creative force in this. That would have to be up to the people who end up doing it."

Vinterberg gave an emotional speech during his acceptance for Best International Film, dedicating it to his daughter Ida, who was killed in a car crash just days into filming. She was cast to play the daughter of Mikkelsen's character.

"We wanted to make a film that celebrates life. And four days into shooting, the impossible happened. An accident on a highway took my daughter away," he said. "Someone looking into a cell phone. We miss her and I love her. We ended up making this movie for her, as her monument. So Ida, this is a miracle that just happened. And you're a part of this miracle."

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