Leonardo DiCaprio is set to star in and produce a biopic of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, based on the new biography by A. Scott Berg, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.
DiCaprio will produce the Warner Bros. movie through his Appian Way banner along with Jennifer Davisson Killoran and Berg.
Putnam Adult published “Wilson” to strong reviews last week. The critical acclaim was no surprise, given that author Berg won a Pulitzer Prize for his 1998 biography of Charles Lindbergh.
Wilson was voted President in 1912 after running as a third-party candidate with a progressive agenda. He was reelected in 1916 and pushed for a peace treaty following World War I. After suffering a stroke, his wife Edith handled many presidential duties during his final year in the Oval Office.
DiCaprio has had a thing for historical biopics, playing J. Edgar Hoover in Clint Eastwood‘s “J. Edgar” and Howard Hughes in Martin Scorsese‘s “The Aviator,” the latter of which earned him one of his three Oscar nominations. He’s repped by Rick Yorn.