Hollywood Shedding Some Light!!

These three A-listers are coming together to shed Hollywood’s spotlight on poaching with not one but two movies.

Tom Hardy, who most recently was seen in The Dark Knight Rises, allegedly came up with the idea of a movie that will focus on the ground war on poachers in the African savanna. This reportedly was inspired by some of his friends who are former Special Forces, who now are anti-poaching fighters in multiple countries.

The star shared the idea with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire.

The trio will work on a film about animal poaching, which will be set in Africa. According to Deadline, Hardy will play a Special Forces soldier who trains rangers to fight off poachers who are wiping out the elephant and rhino populations in Zimbabwe.

The second film will cover the supply and demand issues of animals being poached and sold in places like… China of course!!! It is also suspected that this film will have a similar look and format to Steven Soderbergh’s 2000 crime drama Traffic, which is about a judge who is appointed by the United States President to fight the country’s war on drugs before finding out his own daughter is a drug addict.

DiCaprio will produce the film but all three of the actor’s production companies will be involved, Material Pictures (Maguire), Appian Way (DiCaprio) and Executive Options (Hardy).

This is just one of many of the eco-friendly projects that Leo has taken on. In 2010, he gave a $1 million donation to the World Wildlife Fund and was quoted as saying,

“Illegal poaching of tigers for their parts and massive habitat loss due to palm oil, timber and paper production are driving this species to extinction. If we don’t take action now, one of the most iconic animals on our planet could be gone in just a few decades. By saving tigers, we can also protect some of our last remaining ancient forests and improve the lives of indigenous communities.”

Maguire is also a Hollywood star who has done what he can to help the environment. He’s been a vegan for most of his life and it was reported that while filming in Australia it was reported that he sent back a Mercedes that had leather seats.

There have been very few films released that focus on anti-poaching.

There was a 3 minute, silent, black and white film called The Poachers made in 1903. It was about 3 hunters who surprised 2 poachers in the act. There is a gun fight and a couple of the hunters die. The cops and dogs show up and the chase continues but the poachers get away.

Here is one in Brazil which stars a jaguar who was actually rescued from poachers.   Brazil Anti-Poaching film

Recently on September 21, 2012, there was a movie called Snare that was released. This film is a dramatization of the genocide of the African Rhino. Here is the Facebook page with some information about the movie. Snare Facebook page

And watch the promo!!!!!!   

 

By: Abigail Tackett

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