Wouldn’t the world be a little bit more magical if Leonardo DiCaprio were the President of the United States? Well, we’re about to get a glimpse of what that would be like!
has just confirmed that Leo will soon star in, and produce, a biopic about Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president. The film, to be titled Wilson
will be based on the critically acclaimed biography authored by A. Scott Berg.
The book depicts Woodrow’s controversial two terms in office, from 1913 to 1921. A unique period of American history, his time as President propelled the U.S. forward as a major global force.
Woodrow Wilson was responsible for the first military draft since the Civil War as America entered into World War I to oppose the Germans. He was also responsible for creating the Federal Reserve and the disbanding of child labor across the U.S. Not to mention, Wilson took part in sealing the Treaty of Versailles, launching The League of Nations which later inspired the creation of the United Nations, and much more.
He was also infamous for imposing full racial segregation on the country and imprisoning various anti-war activists not-so-humanely. With such a varied and complex presidency, we expect a powerful portrayal from Leo and a captivating film if they get the right script.
We can also see them dramatizing Wilson’s relationship with Edith Gait - whom he married in 1915 inside the White House. No presidential wedding has taken place there since.
Rather oddly, the President suffered a paralyzing stroke during his final two years in office but his disabled condition was kept a secret from the public until after his term had ended. This could make for a very intriguing filmic plot line, but no confirmation as yet on what events the biopic will focus on.
It seems as though Leo might feel a certain affinity for this period in US. history, as he has already starred in several films set in the early 20th century. Titanic
and J. Edgar
were notable examples of the time period as well as his most recent blockbuster, The Great Gatsby
We couldn’t be more excited to see Leo in action again! Especially since rumors that he would be playing a young pre-presidential Teddy Roosevelt in Martin Scorsese’s now cancelled project The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt
, were squashed.
But the two still have one film in the works - Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street
premieres November 15, with DiCaprio taking center stage.