Leonardo DiCaprio Set to Lead Woodrow Wilson Biopic; Warner Bros. Close to Deal
Leonardo DiCaprio will soon bring the late President Woodrow Wilson to the big screen.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, DiCaprio, who's just coming off of Baz Luhrmaan's THE GREAT GATSBY, is set to produce and star in the film adaptation of Peter Berg's recently released biography, titled WILSON. Variety first reported the rumor yesterday, but THR has confirmed that DiCaprio's deal is done, and that the film will move forward once Warner Bros. signs on.
The book is officially described as:
"One hundred years after his inauguration, Woodrow Wilson still stands as one of the most influential figures of the twentieth century, and one of the most enigmatic. And now, after more than a decade of research and writing, Pulitzer Prize-winning author A. Scott Berg has completed Wilson--the most personal and penetrating biography ever written about the 28th President.
In addition to the hundreds of thousands of documents in the Wilson Archives, Berg was the first biographer to gain access to two recently-discovered caches of papers belonging to those close to Wilson. From this material, Berg was able to add countless details--even several unknown events--that fill in missing pieces of Wilson's character and cast new light on his entire life.
From the scholar-President who ushered the country through its first great world war to the man of intense passion and turbulence , from the idealist determined to make the world "safe for democracy" to the stroke-crippled leader whose incapacity and the subterfuges around it were among the century's greatest secrets, the result is an intimate portrait written with a particularly contemporary point of view - a book at once magisterial and deeply emotional about the whole of Wilson's life, accomplishments, and failings. This is not just Wilson the icon - but Wilson the man."
Berg won a Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Charles Lindbergh in 1998.
DiCaprio will next be seen in The Wolf of Wall Street. His recent film credits include The Great Gatsby, Django Unchained, J. Edgar, Inception, Shutter Island, Revolutionary Road, Blood Diamond, The Departed, the Aviator, Catch Me If You Can and Gangs of New York.
He has been nominated for three Oscars and nine Golden Globes, and won a Golden Globe for his performance in The Aviator in 2004. DiCaprio owns Appian Way Productions, which would help produce WILSON.
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