Leonardo DiCaprio And Spielberg Are Teaming Up For First Time In 16 Years For A Civil War Movie
DiCaprio will play Ulysses S. Grant in a biopic directed by Spielberg.
Two of the biggest names in Hollywood are coming together again for a new movie, it seems. Deadline reports that Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio are teaming up for a Civil War movie about Ulysses S. Grant, with Spielberg directing and DiCaprio in the title role.
It would be their first time back together since 2002's Catch Me If You Can.
The movie will be based on Ron Chernow's 2017 biography, Grant, which writer David James Kelly (Robin Hood) is adapting for the film. Sources told Deadline that production companies Lionsgate and Appian Way, which acquired the film rights to Grant last year, see the production of the movie as a priority.
However, it may not get started soon, as Spielberg has already reportedly said Indiana Jones 5 and West Side Story will be his next films. As for DiCaprio, he hasn't been in a movie since 2015's The Revenant, for which he won his first Oscar. Among his confirmed upcoming projects includes Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. DiCaprio is also set to play Teddy Roosevelt in a biopic directed by Martin Scorsese.
Spielberg already made a Civil War era movie with Lincoln. His latest movie was the futuristic blockbuster Ready Player One.
As for Grant the man, he was a general under President Lincoln during the Civil War and helped win critical battles against Confederate general Robert E. Lee. He went on to serve two terms at the 18th president of the United States, from 1869 to 1877.
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