September 17, 2013 08:23:49 GMT
The 'Great Gatsby' actor will star in and produce the movie adaptation of the 28th president's newly-released biography by A. Scott Berg.
Another president of the United States will soon get a big-screen treatment. Warner Bros. is in talks to acquire the rights to "Wilson (2015)", the just published biography of Woodrow Wilson, with a plan to develop it as a potential star vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio.
If the deal is sealed, DiCaprio will play the 28th POTUS and executive produce the movie with his Appian Way partner Jennifer Davisson Killoran as well as the book's author A. Scott Berg. No director is tapped for the project just yet.
Berg's book follows Wilson from his days as an academic to his years as the elected president in 1912. It highlights his progressive achievements, including the creation of the Federal Reserve and his crusade in support of the Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations.
Many deem Wilson and his policies controversial as of today, but Berg's book humanizes him. It took 13 years for Berg to complete the biography, which has received generally positive reviews.
During his presidency, Wilson led the U.S. into the war in 1917. He married Edith Galt in the White House in 1915 after his first wife died in 1914. He suffered a stroke with a year left in his second term.