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Martin Scorsese to direct Leonardo DiCaprio in Teddy Roosevelt biopic

September 26, 2017

Leonardo DiCaprio is reuniting with Martin Scorsese for Roosevelt, a biopic based on the life of 26th U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt. DiCaprio and Scorsese are among Hollywood’s best duos, having previously worked with each other on acclaimed films such as Gangs of New York, The Aviator and The Departed. However, prior to their latest collaboration, The Wolf of Wall Street, the actor-director duo attempted to adapt Edmund Morris’ 1979 biography, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, onto the big screen.


The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt was originally scheduled to release in 2013 — the same year The Wolf of Wall Street ending up hitting theaters — but, unfortunately, the project had fallen by the wayside and was subsequently abandoned, with reports having suggested that DiCaprio was instead looking to play 28th U.S. President Woodrow Wilson. Nothing came of the project, but it seems that DiCaprio and Scorsese never let go of the idea of telling Teddy Roosevelt’s story on the silver screen.


Deadline reports that DiCaprio and Scorsese are reuniting for Roosevelt, an upcoming biopic from Paramount Pictures that tells the story of 26th U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt, with Scott Bloom penning the script and Scorsese, Emma Koskoff, and Chuck Pacheco producing.


Teddy Roosevelt Showtime DiCaprio & Scorsese Developing Teddy Roosevelt Biopic
It’s unclear what part of Roosevelt’s life – namely his military and political career – the film will focus on. For those that don’t know, Roosevelt is one of the few people in U.S. history to make his way up the ranks, starting out with a military career and then moving up to the state assembly and then onto to state governor, eventually making his way up to the vice presidency. He served as the 25th Vice President of the United States under President William McKinley.


Upon McKinley’s assassination in 1901, however, Roosevelt became McKinley’s successor as the 26th president. Of course, there’s much more to Roosevelt’s life than meets the eye. For instance, he was once shot in the chest, but since the wound wasn’t life-threatening, he opted to continue with his scheduled 90-minute speech before seeking medical attention.


Roosevelt was also a prominent conservationist, and he was responsible for establishing numerous national monuments and national parks in order to preserve the country’s natural landmarks, a topic DiCaprio is quite passionate about. If the film does end up moving forward, it will mark the sixth collaboration between the actor and director. It’s possible that Roosevelt will nab DiCaprio his fifth Best Actor Oscar nomination and potential second Oscar win, following his first win for The Revenant in 2016.

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