Glenn’s favorite progressive president is getting the star-studded Hollywood treatment…
The UK’s Guardian reports:
Leonardo DiCaprio is in early talks to play the 28th president of the United States, Woodrow Wilson, in a new biopic.
Studio Warner Bros plans to option A Scott Berg’s biography Wilson, which has just been released in the US to strong reviews. DiCaprio would also produce through his Appian Way production company.
Wilson led the USA into the first world war and created the federal reserve, as well as campaigning hard for the Treaty of Versailles and League of Nations. His record on civil rights is chequered by his failure to improve the lot of African Americans, and a policy of segregation for federal employees. The Democrat president also banned child labour and instituted eight-hour working day limits for railroad workers.
If it makes it to the big screen, the Wilson biopic would likely make for a strong awards season contender. Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln may have won in just two of the 12 categories in which it was nominated, but it nevertheless carried off a high-profile third best actor Oscar for Daniel Day Lewis as Abraham Lincoln. A box office return of $275m also suggests there are potential profits for Warner in bringing similar stories to multiplexes.