DiCaprio is ExHitman January 9, 2009 Leonardo DiCaprio signs up for “Beat the Reaper”. Leonardo DiCaprio is set to play a former hit-man in Beat the Reaper, according to Variety. Leo will star as a contract killer who enters the witness protection program and becomes a doctor. He is drawn into his former world however when a mobster recognizes the medic from his former life. The film is based on the novel by real-life doctor Josh Bazell, with the tome is set for publication next year. DiCaprio has just wrapped on Martion Scorsese’s thriller Shutter Island and is also developing a live-action version of anime classic Akira.