David O. Russell to Direct Leonardo DiCaprio in JFK Assassination Film

By May 17, 2013

David O. Russell has had an impressive run of hits over the past couple of years. The last two films he’s directed, The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook, were nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, and he directed performers in each of those movies who won acting Oscars (Christian Bale in the former and Jennifer Lawrence in the latter). As you might have gathered, Russell is becoming a more in-demand director these days, which means he can work with some of the best actors in the business; if this news story pans out, he could be working with who I consider the BEST actor in Hollywood very soon.

Showbiz 411 is reporting that Russell will write and direct Legacy of Secrecy, a JFK assassination movie that will star Leonardo DiCaprio as an FBI informant who gets a mob boss (played by Robert De Niro) to confess to ordering a hit on President Kennedy. De Niro, DiCaprio, and David O. Russell? Sounds like an excellent combination, and it certainly fits with DiCaprio’s strategy of working with respected auteur directors. But all of these guys have a lot on their plates right now, so we imagine it’ll be a couple of years before we see this project come to light. Does that trio of filmmakers intrigue you? Sound off below.

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