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ROLE CALL: Leo's Hard to 'Catch'

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:50am EST

Like it or not, a superstar maintains the right to be busy. And like it or not, Leonardo DiCaprio is a busy superstar.

The "Titanic" superstar has temporarily dropped out of his next project, DreamWorks' "Catch Me If You Can," The Hollywood Reporter says. The studio has yet to decide on whether to recast the role or to wait for a possible change of mind from the actor.

The project, which co-stars "The Sopranos'" James Gandolfini, is based on the life of Frank Abagnale Jr., a scam artist/impersonator who successfully committed frauds in 26 foreign countries.

DiCaprio is currently shooting Martin Scorsese's big gangster flick "Gangs of New York," which is running two weeks over schedule.

POETIC MUSING: Actor Johnny Depp is about to add poet Christopher Marlowe to his career of playing eccentric characters. The Reporter says that Depp, along with Jude Law, will co-star in the film "Marlowe," based on the life of the 16th century poet and playwright. Depp will assume the title role.

MEETING OF THE FISTS: Daily Variety reports that Ving Rhames and Wesley Snipes are in talks to star in "Undisputed." The prison drama follows an imprisoned heavyweight boxing champ (Rhames) who finds his match in the slammer's own boxing champ (Snipes).

KATIE 'ABANDONED': "Dawson's Creek's" Katie Holmes might star in the psychological horror film "Abandoned," according to Variety. In the film, Holmes is slated to play a university undergrad tormented by ghostly visions of her ex-lover.

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