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It seems that just about any biopic will get Leonardo DiCaprio to turn his head these days. In the last fifteen years alone he's played J. Edgar Hoover, Frank Abignale Jr., and Howard Hughes and in just a few months he'll be seen playing Jordan Belfort in Martin Scorsese's adaptation of The Wolf of Wall Street. Now the star is gearing up to portray yet another notable name. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the actor is now set to both star in and produce Wilson, a biopic about President Woodrow Wilson.
Based on the book of the same name written by A. Scott Berg - which actually just hit stores last week - the film will look to give audiences an "intimate portrait of Wilson" as he helped bring our nation through World War I and come out the other side. THR notes that the source material offers "a heroic, larger-than-life" picture of the former president, and makes large emphasis on achievements like his creation of the Federal Reserve and his work to create the Treaty of Versailles while downplaying his poor civil rights record. There is some suggestion in the trade article that the movie will just focus on one of the important events in Wilson's life, and says that the film will most likely be about his efforts to get America to support the League of Nations - an exhaustive exercise that wound up causing him to have a stroke.
While it looks as though there is plenty for a filmmaker to sink their teeth into here, as of now we can't say what filmmaker it will be. At this stage there is neither a director nor a screenwriter attached to the project, though DiCaprio will be joined by Appian Way's Jennifer Davisson Killoran as well as Berg.
Bouncing back from the failure that was Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar in 2011, DiCaprio has found himself on a bit of a roll as of late. He earned rave reviews for his turn as sadistically evil plantation owner Calvin Candie in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, and earlier this year he was seen starring in Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, which both earned solid reviews and was a global box office hit. The only film that the star has coming up is the aforementioned Wolf of Wall Street, which sets him up with a kick-ass supporting cast that includes Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Jon Favreau, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner and Jean Dujardin. We sadly still have a long time to wait for the film, which will be released by Paramount on November 15th, but in the meantime you can watch the first trailer below: