The pairing is now one of legend – Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio have delivered two true classics (Wolf of Wall Street, The Departed), an intriguing portrait of an enigma (The Aviator), an underrated potboiler (Shutter Island), and a flawed failure, whose production history could make for its own motion picture (Gangs of New New York). Their collaboration rivals Scorsese’s last actor infatuation with Robert De Niro, though they seem more like generational updates than collaborations ripe for compare/contrast sessions.
Now, on top of Devil In The White City and Killers of the Flower Moon (which the two are also developing together, in one capacity or another), Scorsese and DiCaprio have added a biopic of Teddy Roosevelt (titled simply Roosevelt) to their ever-growing slate.
It’s pretty simple to see why DiCaprio would want to play the 26th President of the United States, as the actor will turn 42 this year – the same age that Roosevelt was when he took office (and became America’s youngest leader after President William McKinley was assassinated in 1901). But on top of that superficial comparison, Roosevelt worked to preserve numerous national parks and reserves, placing his conservationist efforts in line with the superstar’s environmentalist concerns.
Scott Bloom will pen the film and Paramount Pictures will distribute. No details regarding where this biopic will pick up have been released yet. Here’s hoping the seventy-four year old director can keep cranking these movies out (he’s currently shooting The Irishman with De Niro, Jpe Pesci and Al Pacino) at the rate he’s been going.
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