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Woodrow Wilson Biopic Developing For Leonardo DiCaprio

by Cain Rodriguez
September 17, 2013 9:22 AM
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Despite less than stellar reviews, Leonardo DiCaprio led Baz Luhrmann’s gaudy 3D adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” to nearly $350 million worldwide. Warner Bros. understandably wants to stay in the DiCaprio business and what better way to do that than to develop a biopic of a wartime American president for the star?

The studio, Deadline reported yesterday, has acquired the A. Scott Berg-written biography of Woodrow Wilson, titled “Wilson,” as a project for DiCaprio. Written over thirteen years, the non-fiction book presents the former President as “academic-turned-politician” who “at first resisted and then rose to the occasion and led the U.S. into the [First World] War, claiming it would make the world safe for democracy.” Here's the Amazon synopsis:

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.

DiCaprio’s own Appian Way will produce the project and he, of course, will star in the film. His interest in the project came from the similarities from the international political climate of WWI and the current crises in countries like Syria. The project’s still a long way off—the rights were only picked up yesterday, after all—and DiCaprio has other projects lined up with WB, his reunion with Jamie Foxx in “Mean Business On North Ganson Street” and the Viking epic “King Harald.” In the meantime, we can all look forward to seeing DiCaprio slime it up in “The Wolf of Wall Street” when it opens November 15th. Check out a couple new pics below.

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  • eduardo | September 17, 2013 5:25 PMReply

    alas poor leo.
    he showed such promise...
    now a bloated puffy libertine.

  • Elle | September 17, 2013 1:42 PMReply

    Just curious, but are people interested in seeing a movie about Wilson? I can't see this being big, no matter who is in it.

  • Dennis | September 17, 2013 11:30 AMReply

    If they make this, I really hope they show what a true scumbag Wilson really was. I suspect with the progressive libs who run Hollywood, this will be history re-written to make him look like a real hero.

  • Me | September 17, 2013 1:24 PM

    I hope Leo doesn't re-write history and covers how big of a racist Wilson was.

    Several historians have described Wilson's policies as racist some also describe Wilson personally as a racist. Do the research!
    Wilson depicted white European immigrants with empathy while African American immigrants and their children were regarded as unsuitable for citizenship and unable to assimilate positively into American society. Wilson believed that slavery was wrong on economic labor grounds, rather than for moral reasons. Wilson idealized the slavery system in the South, having viewed masters as patient with "indolent" slaves, whom Wilson believed were like "shiftless children". Wilson held contempt for the belief that African Americans could be free and self-governing. In terms of Reconstruction, Wilson held the common neo-Confederate view that the South was demoralized by Northern carpetbaggers and Congressional imposition of black equality justified extreme measures to reassert white supremacist national and state governments] Wilson viewed blacks as related to the animal world, having illustrated an elderly black man with monkey features. Wilson publicly and privately referred to blacks as "darkies".

  • Zack | September 17, 2013 12:01 PM

    Also, dude, it's the Internet. You can just say "Jews."

  • Zack | September 17, 2013 11:57 AM

    You seem nice.

  • Duddi | September 17, 2013 10:59 AMReply

    Hope he doesn't do it !!! I've had enough of him playing real people. He did great with Aviator as Howard Hudges... But in J.Edgar he did that same, but this time with some make-up on. I hope he won't do this and instead chose a different project and develop an original character as he did with Django Unchained...

  • caro | September 17, 2013 9:56 AMReply

    According to his IMDB,it will be his 30th movie projects only

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