DiCaprio is set to star in the drama Roosevelt, a Theodore Roosevelt biopic to be directed by Scorsese. Scott Bloom is on board to write the Paramount Pictures project, which Scorsese and DiCaprio will be producing via their Sikelia and Appian Way banners respectively. Jennifer Davisson, Emma Koskoff, and Chuck Pacheco are also attached as producers.
There’s no word as yet whether this will be a wide-encompassing biopic or if it will focus on one particular period of Roosevelt’s life. There’s certainly a lot to pick from. Roosevelt, whose face is depicted on Mount Rushmore alongside George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln, became the youngest President of the United States following William McKinley’s assassination in September 1901.
Roosevelt managed to overcome a sickly childhood, attended Harvard College from home schooling, earned a reputation as a popular writer and historian with his book The Naval War of 1812, became the leader of the reform faction of Republicans in New York’s state legislature, led the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry during the Spanish-American war of 1898, and was elected Governor of New York. All that, prior to being President.
DiCaprio has been circling this role for a while, with a previous attempt a few years ago failing to get off the ground. The fruitful working relation between Scorsese and DiCaprio has brought us Gangs of New York, The Aviator, Shutter Island, The Departed and The Wolf Of Wall Street, and the list is growing. Apart from Roosevelt, the director and actor are also developing Killers of the Flower Moon, which follows the multiple murders of Osage Indian tribe members in Oklahoma and the investigation led by a rising J. Edgar Hoover, and The Devil in the White City, with DiCaprio attached to play a serial killer who may have killed up to 200 people in the late 1800s.
Showtime had a Roosevelt-focused mini-series in the works back in 2015 with American History X screenwriter David McKenna on board to write, although nothing materialised.