I have got nothing against Leonardo DiCaprio, even
though a bunch of moviegoers do. Was it the fact that he missed the Academy
Awards during the year of Titanic [no nom means no attendance]
or that he is one of those young and mysterious [aka troubling] male actors?
However, you can't doubt that this guy makes great films that include Titanic,
Gangs of New York and
The Aviator; hell, I'll even throw in Romeo &
Well, it looks like Martin Scorsese has picked up on this fact and has currently
been working with Leo to create the next BFF director-actor relationship.
With The Departed
on the way, Scorsese and Paramount have already decided they want Leonardo
DiCaprio to be the big guy himself, Theodore Roosevelt.
Rise of Theodore Roosevelt
According to Variety,
Paramount Pictures has optioned the Pulitzer Prize-winning Edmund Morris
book The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt and plan to develop it for
Martin Scorsese to direct and Leonardo DiCaprio to star as the 26th U.S.
president. The story will be adapted to a workable script by Nicholas Meyer.
The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt will chronicle the formative years
of Roosevelt as he reinvented himself from a slight and privileged New York
politician with a Harvard degree to the burly commander of the Rough Riders,
a track that would lead him to the New York governorship, the vice presidency
and the White House, after the assassination of William McKinley.
The deal comes as another step to make DiCaprio and Scorsese best friends
forever; hence BFF. DiCaprio and Scorsese are in the midst of their third
film together, The Departed, the Warner Bros. remake of the Hong
Kong crime drama Infernal Affairs. The duo, or should we soon be
calling them couple, has also made The Aviator and Gangs of
New York together.
For the entire report on Leonardo DiCaprio and The Rise of Theodore
Roosevelt, head over to Variety.