Leonardo DiCaprio is at it again. The Academy Award nominated actor has another high end drama waiting for him in the wings. Last weekend, he confirmed that he would begin shooting Clint Eastwood’s biopic Hoover early next year, and today Variety is reporting that he’ll also star as the lead in the adaptation of the book, Legacy of Secrecy.
According to the trade, DiCaprio will produce and star in the film which will center on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Do we smell another incarnation of Oliver Stone’s 1991 film, JFK on the horizon? Will DiCaprio do his best Kevin Costner impression? Warner Bros will distribute Legacy of Secrecy, and guess what else they distributed 19 years ago? JFK! Someone over there has a thing for the former prez.
DiCaprio is set to play an FBI informant named Jack Van Laningham. The book from which the film is based called, “Legacy of Secrecy: The Long Shadow of the JFK Assassination” and it suggests “that Mafia godfather Carlos Marcello confessed to Van Laningham to having ordered JFK’s assassination. As part of a dangerous and long-secret undercover operation, the FBI positioned Van Laningham to become confidant to Marcello, who ruled organized crime in Louisiana and most of Texas for decades.”
The book includes some sensitive information which was obtained from declassified FBI files from the National Archives. Once again, DiCaprio is tackling a serious and deep story about corruption and disintegration of relationships.That man has great taste in scripts.
What do you think of DiCaprio’s latest movie choice?