Leonardo DiCaprio is teaming up with Martin Scorsese for a biopic on a famous American. So what’s new?
The year was 1995, and young Leo DiCaprio had been cast to play troubled poet Arthur Rimbaud in the career-boosting yet deeply flawed film Total Eclipse.
Little did he know that many, many more biopics would follow.
Some of them good, some of them bad – but mostly just a waste of the actor’s talent.
The problem with biopics is that they’re always hit and miss.
For every gripping Howard Hughes, there is a mediocre J Edgar Hoover peeking just around the corner.
For every fresh take on a dead white male, there’s a by-the-book approach which makes us yawn and look at our phones in search of something more interesting.
On Wednesday, Paramount confirmed DiCaprio was teaming up with Scorsese once again – but not for a Joker origins film.
Instead, they will be taking on the much talked about adaptation of Roosevelt.
The film, which had been DiCaprio’s passion project for a while, combines his two favourite things in the world: saving the environment and playing historical figures.
Teddy Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, was a naturalist. He was the president of national parks and forests.
Most interesting, perhaps, was his layered and complicated persona – often insecure but always determined.
Once mocked for his inability to properly ride a horse, Mr Roosevelt is now remembered for his “cowboy” facade.
He was also the youngest-ever president in America’s history, and will no doubt be a much more suited role for the actor than playing a youngish version of a Batman foe.
But this is the third film in pre-production where the actor plays a real-life character.
In The Killers Of The Flower Moon, DiCaprio is rumoured to be reprising his J Edgar Hoover character – only this time with Scorsese behind the lens.
In The Black Hand, he will be playing real-life policeman Joe Petrosino, fighting gangsters in New York.
And this is all happening because Scorsese finally decided to scrap the Frank Sinatra biopic he had planned for Leo this year.
One person on Twitter wrote: “Quick do we think Leo DiCaprio will play every white man ever before he dies?”
Another said: “HOT TAKE: DiCaprio does too many biopics.”
And another added: “I just wish Leo spent more of his time with created characters, just my personal preference.”
But some were quick to reach the most sensible conclusion: “Oscar.”
It was, after all, the depiction of real-life explorer Hugo Glass which brought DiCaprio the Academy Award he was longing for.
Who knows, maybe he will do it again.
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