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Leonardo DiCaprio to investigate the JFK assassination

11.19.2010by:

As he prepares to star in the J. Edgar Hoover biopic for Clint Eastwood, Leonard DiCaprio has signed on to star in another real life story of a government official. DiCaprio will star in and produce LEGACY OF SECRECY a film about the JFK assassination. Leo will play FBI informant Jack Van Laningham who went undercover with the mob to investigate the claims of Carlos Marcello that he ordered the assassination.

The film will be based on the book by Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann, which was brought to DiCaprio's attention by his dad (aww) who will co-produce the film (double-aww).

The 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination is 2013 and Warner Bros. is prepping the film for that year to capitalize on renewed interest in the case.

So far no writer or director is attached to help develop the project but considering DiCaprio's interest in directors, you can imagine it will be someone of A-list credentials. (Leo's last six directors: Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Christopher Nolan, Sam Mendes and Ed Zwick.)

Extra Tidbit: DiCaprio is one of the few A-list actors to never lend their voice to an animated film.
Source: Variety

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6:31PM on 11/20/2010
Leo Dicaprio is awesome and is indeed on an incredible streak right now but this just seems like a weird JFK/Departed combo.. Still ought to be good though with the talent involved so I'll green box this.
Leo Dicaprio is awesome and is indeed on an incredible streak right now but this just seems like a weird JFK/Departed combo.. Still ought to be good though with the talent involved so I'll green box this.
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11:45PM on 11/19/2010

Snore.

I was going to say this must have a great script because the whole JFK thing has been done to death. (No pun intended) I will be shocked if this actually ever comes to fruition. Even w/Leo starring, this isn't something I'm the least bit interested in. If they end up having a great script & a good director then maybe.
I was going to say this must have a great script because the whole JFK thing has been done to death. (No pun intended) I will be shocked if this actually ever comes to fruition. Even w/Leo starring, this isn't something I'm the least bit interested in. If they end up having a great script & a good director then maybe.
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10:44PM on 11/19/2010
Interesting, but I agree with the guy under me(heh), It'll be hard to top Stones JFK. "Back and to the left" is an iconic moment in cimematic history.
Interesting, but I agree with the guy under me(heh), It'll be hard to top Stones JFK. "Back and to the left" is an iconic moment in cimematic history.
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10:40PM on 11/19/2010
Oliver Stone's 1991 "JFK" was THE definitive JFK assassination (quasi)docudrama-period. No need for another version to confuse the matter any further.
Oliver Stone's 1991 "JFK" was THE definitive JFK assassination (quasi)docudrama-period. No need for another version to confuse the matter any further.
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4:47PM on 11/19/2010
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3:32AM on 11/20/2010
I had read Jim Garrison's book years ago and researched the whole thing for years on my own.Conclusion--->Gunmen that day-Roscoe White,Kerry Thornley 1-2? Hispanic men + other spotters etc.including Roscoe White's Dad. Plotters---> the CIA's Covert Ops Dept. heads(no brainer there) in particular Charles Cabel and brother Ernie(as accomplice) One particular member of the Joint Chief's appears to have been at the heart + Clay Shaw and the clan shown on Oliver Stone's JFK film of course where all
I had read Jim Garrison's book years ago and researched the whole thing for years on my own.Conclusion--->Gunmen that day-Roscoe White,Kerry Thornley 1-2? Hispanic men + other spotters etc.including Roscoe White's Dad. Plotters---> the CIA's Covert Ops Dept. heads(no brainer there) in particular Charles Cabel and brother Ernie(as accomplice) One particular member of the Joint Chief's appears to have been at the heart + Clay Shaw and the clan shown on Oliver Stone's JFK film of course where all deeply involved. Richard Bissell also had to have known what was happening all along -these are the main villains.
4:39PM on 11/19/2010

JFK + LD

jjjjeeaaAAAAAHHH!
jjjjeeaaAAAAAHHH!
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2:01PM on 11/19/2010

Sounds Promising!

Di Caprio has been on a fantastic roll, and it looks like it will continue with the Hoover biopic and this one.

In other presidential film news, did you see that DDL was just confirmed as the lead in Spielberg's Lincoln?! Even more exciting news!
Di Caprio has been on a fantastic roll, and it looks like it will continue with the Hoover biopic and this one.

In other presidential film news, did you see that DDL was just confirmed as the lead in Spielberg's Lincoln?! Even more exciting news!
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1:36PM on 11/19/2010
Im not American, but the JFK conspiracy theories fascinate me. Not to a point where I would do my own investigation though. But this should be very interesting.
Im not American, but the JFK conspiracy theories fascinate me. Not to a point where I would do my own investigation though. But this should be very interesting.
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12:28PM on 11/19/2010
I'm all for political conspiracies and Leo's one of the best of his generation

Extra tidbit: not yet… he's supposed to voice a character in 3d animation film The guardians due Christmas 2012
I'm all for political conspiracies and Leo's one of the best of his generation

Extra tidbit: not yet… he's supposed to voice a character in 3d animation film The guardians due Christmas 2012
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11:51AM on 11/19/2010
It is truly amazing that he gets to work with all those incredible directors. I would like to see him work with PT Anderson or Wes Anderson. This film certainly seems interesting and I can't remember last time Leo had a dud for a film
It is truly amazing that he gets to work with all those incredible directors. I would like to see him work with PT Anderson or Wes Anderson. This film certainly seems interesting and I can't remember last time Leo had a dud for a film
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10:57AM on 11/19/2010
Leo in a cospiracy with the mob? Sounds good to me. Leo can make me watch anything.
Leo in a cospiracy with the mob? Sounds good to me. Leo can make me watch anything.
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10:37AM on 11/19/2010

what

a good looking man.
a good looking man.
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10:14AM on 11/19/2010

BACK...

and to the left.
and to the left.
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10:02AM on 11/19/2010

my first reaction was...

great, another movie about the Kennedy's. But Leo is probably the most consistent actor of our time and the plot is kind of interesting so I guess that can't be all bad.
great, another movie about the Kennedy's. But Leo is probably the most consistent actor of our time and the plot is kind of interesting so I guess that can't be all bad.
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