Even though Warner Bros.’ past plans to set up an Alan Turing film with Leonardo DiCaprio starring fell through (the film is now being produced elsewhere, and Benedict Cumberbatch has taken on the lead role), the studio seems intent on getting the actor into another high profile biopic role, no matter how much of a stretch it seems to be. Deadline Hollywood reports that Warners has snapped up the film rights to A. Scott Berg’s just-published biography of 28th President of the United States Woodrow Wilson, the simply titled “Wilson,” with the intent of turning it into a major vehicle for DiCaprio.
Berg is no stranger to big name biographies – he previously won the Pulitzer Prize for his Charles Lindbergh book “Lindbergh” (yes, he’s certainly got a knack for titles) which was eventually picked up by Steven Spielberg for a potential film, and his book about editor Max Perkins (“Genius,” at least he finally mixed it up) is also in active film development.
The author reportedly spent thirteen years on “Wilson,” a book that tries to paint Wilson as “the great forgotten president” and even tries to “humanize” the man behind the International League of Nations. Should this deal come through, DiCaprio could add the role to a long list of real-life turns, from J. Edgar Hoover to Howard Hughes, even down to Wall St. criminal Jordan Belfort in the upcoming The Wolf of Wall Street.
DiCaprio and his Appian Way partner Jennifer Davisson Killoran will produce the film alongside Berg.
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