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DiCaprio to Rise as Theodore Roosevelt

Published September 12, 2005 in Casting Update
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of WireImage
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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 & Juliet.

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.

Stay tuned for updates.

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