According to some recent reports, it seems that director Steven Spielberg and Academy Award winner Leonardo DiCaprio might team up once again for a biopic about Ulysses S. Grant. Lionsgate and Appian Way are currently trying to make it happen, with DiCaprio in the lead role. Should it happen, it would be the first time since 2002’s Catch Me If You Can, which saw the two cinema titans team up for the first time. Last year, Lionsgate and Appian Way acquired the rights to the Pulitzer-winning novel called Grant, by Ron Chernow. David James Kelly is reportedly currently penning the script. His most recent work includes the upcoming Robin Hood movie starring Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx.
It’s interesting that even if both DiCaprio and Spielberg have full schedules, this biopic is a priority and they may alter their schedules around it. In his biography, Chernow sheds some light on this interesting person, who is mostly known as the brutal Union general from during the Civil War. His efforts ultimately led to the defeat of the legendary Confederate general Robert E. Lee. He climbed the social ranks so well that, at one point, he was President Lincoln’s most trusted advisor and general.
DiCaprio and Spielberg might team up once more
Ulysses S. Grant enjoyed a two-term presidency, but one of them was plagued by corruption scandals among the members of his staff. He always sought justice for black Americans and even fought the Ku Klux Klan. After his presidency ended, he began working with writer Mark Twain and published his memoir. According to many critics, they are masterpieces of the genre.
In April next year, Spielberg will begin filming Indiana Jones 5, and DiCaprio will star alongside Brad Pitt in Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Apart from this, he has been developing a movie based on Leonardo da Vinci and is dealing with Warner Bros’ efforts to make him the next Joker.
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