Leonardo DiCaprio & Steven Spielberg May Reteam for Ulysses S. Grant Biopic

Leonardo DiCaprio & Steven Spielberg May Reteam for Ulysses S. Grant Biopic

Filmmaker Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio are in early talks to collaborate for a Ulysses S. Grant biopic.

Before he was the 18th President of the United States, Grant was Commanding General of the Army, leading the Union Army to victory during the Civil War.

The movie will be based on Ron Chernow's 2017 biography, Grant, which writer David James Kelly (Robin Hood) is adapting for the film.

This will not be the first time that Spielberg will be working on an American President's biopic. According to Deadline, Spielberg expressed his desire to direct the film although no official comment has been made by Lionsgate yet. He is now prepping the fifth "Indiana Jones" movie, followed by "West Side Story". As for DiCaprio, he hasn't been in a movie since 2015's The Revenant, for which he won his first Oscar.

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It is unclear where this project would fall on Spielberg's already packed schedule. Keeping it Presidential, however, Spielberg is apparently mulling a spiritual follow-up to his 2012 biopic Lincoln, while DiCaprio is also set to star in the title role of the Martin Scorsese-directed Teddy Roosevelt picture set up through Appian Way and Paramount.

Grant, who became the 18th U.S. president, retaining the position for two terms between 1869-1877 was most widely regarded for his military tactical prowess.

DiCaprio's next project is Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," set against the backdrop of the 1969 Manson Family murders.

Meanwhile, Spielberg has just finished promoting Ready Player One and is now starting work on a remake of 1961's West Side Story and an adaptation of book The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara.

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