Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Spielberg in talks to direct DiCaprio in biopic

Spielberg in talks to direct DiCaprio in biopic

While it isn't being pitched as a direct sequel to Lincoln, as it will be based on Ron Chernow's biography "Grant" rather than anything by Doris Kearns Goodwin, whose book "Team of Rivals" was the basis for Lincoln, many will see it as a thematic follow-on from Spielberg's much-praised film that starred Daniel Day Lewis.

Mike Fleming Jr over Deadline is hearing word that Steven Spielberg has set his sights on a biopic of Ulysses S. Grant, with plans to have his "Catch Me If You Can" star Leonardo DiCaprio to portray the American Civil War hero.

The biopic is now set at Lionsgate and Appian Way after the two picked up the film back in November with David James Kelly (Robin Hood) scripting the film.

Though DiCaprio has roles set for the next few years, it has been three years since his performance has graced the big screen in the acclaimed The Revenant, which won him his first Academy Award for Best Actor.

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The Oscar-winning star is now shooting Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, about the Charles Manson murders in 1969 Los Angeles, and is in pre-production on The Black Hand. He's also expected to reunite with another director he's worked with, in the shape of Martin Scorsese on a project about another president, Theodore Roosevelt. He went on to serve two terms at the 18th president of the United States, from 1869 to 1877.

Spielberg most recently directed "The Post" and "Ready Player One".

Grant has been widely recognized as a superior military tactician for leading the Union Army to victory over the Confederacy during the Civil War under the supervision of President Abraham Lincoln, winning key battles at Shiloh and Vicksburg.

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