Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has signed on to serve as executive producer of Virunga (pictured), the environmental documentary acquired by on-demand service Netflix earlier this year.
The doc will be released in theaters in New York and Los Angeles, and globally on Netflix, on November 7. The limited release in theaters should qualify the film for Oscar consideration in the Best Documentary Feature category.
Written and directed by Orlando von Einsiedel, Virunga follows an embattled team of park rangers and the endangered mountain gorillas they protect, as they are caught in the crossfire of poachers, militia and industry in Africa’s oldest national park.
The doc was bought by Netflix earlier this year after well-received festival screenings at Tribeca and Hot Docs.
The film’s themes are a good fit for DiCaprio. He has campaigned passionately on behalf of environmental causes and produced the climate change documentary The 11th Hour.
“Films like Virunga are powerful stories that are a window into the incredible cultural and natural diversity of our world, the forces that are threatening to destroy it and the people who are fighting to protect it,” said DiCaprio in a statement. “Partnering with Netflix on this film is an exciting opportunity to inform and inspire individuals to engage on this topic.”
- With additional files by Adam Benzine