Historians Debate Which President Leonardo DiCaprio Should PlayHistorians in the News
tags: Teddy Roosevelt, Ulysses S Grant, Leonardo DiCaprio
"Of all the American lives that need telling on screen in 2018, Grant and TR wouldn’t make my top 500." -- Jill Lepore https://t.co/a9gr4OAYvK— Kevin M. Levin (@KevinLevin) May 22, 2018
The Oscar winner has Teddy Roosevelt and Ulysses S. Grant biopics lined up, and scholars are using everything from 'Hamilton' to toxic masculinity to make their pitches to the actor.
Leonardo DiCaprio really wants to play a president. The question is which president? Ulysses S. Grant or Teddy Roosevelt?
The 2016 best actor Oscar winner for The Revenant (and overall six-time nominee) is attached to play Roosevelt, the 26th U.S. president, in a film to be directed by Martin Scorsese, with whom he’s already done five movies (The Wolf of Wall Street, The Departed, Shutter Island, Gangs of New York and The Aviator). DiCaprio also is in talks to star in a biopic about Grant, the Civil War hero and the 18th president, to be directed by Steven Spielberg, with whom the actor collaborated on Catch Me If You Can.