According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jennifer Connelly is in negotiations to star opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Warner Bros. Pictures' dramatic thriller The Blood Diamond.

Edward Zwick will direct the film, which centers on a poor African farmer who gets caught up in a conflict between an American diamond smuggler (DiCaprio) and the syndicate that controls the local diamond mining industry. The story is by Charles Leavitt and C. Gaby Mitchell, with a screenplay by Leavitt and Zwick & Marshall Herskovitz.