Add another biopic to Leonardo DiCaprio’s resume. Warner Bros. has picked up the rights to A. Scott Berg’s Woodrow Wilson biography Wilson, and DiCaprio is looking to produce and star in the film. Berg has previously won the Pulitzer prize for his biography Lindbergh. Deadline reports Wilson has only recently been published, and WB was quick to acquire the rights to the 28th President of the United States’ biography.
“The book humanizes Wilson, who, spent much time trying to convince the Allies not to carve up territory to punish Germany for its role in the war. That argument was largely unsuccessful, but Wilson did hammer through his vision for an International League of Nations, which he got the Senate to ratify.”
I haven’t read the book, and I don’t know nearly enough about Woodrow Wilson to speak at length about him. So, I definitely could use some education on the man. The most interesting thing is that he had a big hand in our foreign policy, and how the United States pushes for Democracy across the globe. He was awarded the Noble Peace Prize in 1919. On the other hand, he’s on record as a racist. So, yeah…
What I’m not a fan of is that this is Leonardo DiCaprio’s third time taking a swing at relatively the same material. He played Howard Hughes in The Aviator, and J. Edgar Hoover in J. Edgar. The latter of which was nothing less than terrible. I actually think The Aviator is pretty underrated, even though it got a lot of Oscar attention. Out of the three historical figures, Woodrow Wilson sounds like the least interesting. I always look forward to DiCaprio in any project, so I’m not saying it won’t be good. I’ve just been pushing for Leo to change it up a bit, and this feels like more of the same.