Leonardo DiCaprio already has one Oscar that he lovingly kisses on the forehead each night before he retires to a pile of 23-year-old models. But it looks like he wants to add a second one to his shelf (ah, the ultimate threesome: Leo and two Oscars). Deadline reports that Leo will be working on a biopic about former US President, face on Mount Rushmore, and bushy mustache wilderness guy Theodore Roosevelt. Finally, an excuse for Leo to stay pudgy and scruffy after yacht season!
Deadline says Roosevelt will be produced by Leo’s production company Appian Way, distributed by Paramount, and will be directed by Martin Scorsese. This will be Leo and Martin’s sixth film together, with two more in the beginning stages of production (adaptations of The Devil in the White City and Killers of the Flower Moon).
So what about that Joker origin story that Martin Scorsese is working on? It was rumored Warner Bros. were trying to land Leo in the lead role as the Joker. The only way I see him doing that now is as a favor to Martin Scorsese for agreeing to direct his Roosevelt biopic. Even then, I’m not so sure Leo is that kind. Martin might have to trick Leo into it and cobble the footage together later. “Hey that was a great take, Leo. Now let’s try it with you in this purple coat, and this time play Teddy like he’s insane.”
This isn’t the first time Leo has been in talks to make a biopic about Roosevelt; he was rumored to be working on one back in 2014. Leo is reportedly really into Teddy Roosevelt because they have a bunch of stuff in common. For example, Teddy was big into conservationism and national parks, Leo is all about saving the world. Also, Teddy was a big hunter. And we’re all familiar with Leo’s reputation as an expert in beaver trapping.