Leonardo DiCaprio was recently seen as a tyrannical slave owner, he’ll next be seen as a coked out Wall Street trader and two years ago he played J. Edgar Hoover. Now he has his eyes set on the Presidency as his Appian Way production company is eying an adaptation of the just-released biography “Wilson” by A. Scott Berg (buy it here), telling the story of our 28th president.
There is no deal yet in place, but DiCaprio would star and Warner Bros. would distribute should things work out.
The Hollywood Reporter‘s Borys Kit and Andy Lewis seem to be looking at it and making comparison’s to Stephen Spielberg‘s Lincoln saying Berg’s book “offers up a heroic, larger-than-life Wilson” along with “several well-narrated dramatic moments that could serve as the basis for a film.”
Here’s a little trivia for you, at one point Martin Scorsese was attached to direct DiCaprio in an adaptation of Edmund Morris’ “The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt”, which would have hit theaters this year. I can only imagine if this Wilson project comes to pass Scorsese will be a strong candidate to direct it. We’ll see.