[Movies] Leonardo DiCaprio To Play Woodrow Wilson In New Biopic
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.17.2013
The latest president to get a film...
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Leonardo DiCaprio is attached to star and produce Wilson, the biopic of the 28th president, Woodrow Wilson, based on the biography by A. Scott Berg. DiCaprio will produce with Appian Way's Jennifer Davisson Killoran and Berg. Warner Bros is currently in negotiations for the rights.
The book was released last week and has received positive reviews for its look at Wilson, who was elected president in 1912 and led the country through World War I. He is portrayed in a "heroic" and "larger-than-life" fashion. Woodrow was involved in several big developments like the creation of the Federal Reserve, support of the Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations. The book also downplays his stances on civil liberties and civil rights for African Americans. Wilson is a controversial figure to historians and a popular target among Conservatives.
The book reveals several dramatic moments that could appear in the film, including Wilson's 1919 tour of America to get support for the League of Nations that led to his stroke, his romance with Edith Galt, their 1915 White House wedding (his first wife died in 1914, one year into his term. He is the last president to marry in the White House), his 1912 campaign and his decision to enter World War I in 1917. Before he was president, he was a professor and football coach at Wesleyan University, the president of Princeton University and, from 1910-12, the governor of New Jersey. He's the only president with a Ph.D.
The author, Berg, idolized Wilson growing up and even had a photo of him in his bedroom. He spent 12 years researching the book. He attended Princeton, like Wilson, before becoming a biographer after graduating in 1971. Berg has lived in Los Angeles all his life and graduated from Palisades Charter High School. His brother is Resolution head Jeff Berg and his partner is producer Kevin McCormick.
Lynn Harris brought the project to Warner Bros and will oversee it. The last presidential biopic, Lincoln, earned $275 million worldwide and two Oscars (of 12 nominations).