Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio May Re-Team for Ulysses S. Grant Biopic

Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio May Re-Team for Ulysses S. Grant Biopic

May 18, 2018

Catch Me If You Can

Steven Spielberg has worked with many of the same actors on multiple movies. Leonardo DiCpario has worked with many of the same directors on multiple movies. For some reason, Spielberg and DiCaprio have only done one project together, despite the fact that the movie, 2002's Catch Me If You Can, is among their respective fans' favorites and earned DiCaprio some of his finest lead performance accolades up to that point.

Fortunately, there's a reunion in the making for the filmmaker and star. According to Deadline, DiCaprio may play Civil War general turned U.S. president Ulysses S. Grant in an adaptation of Ron Chernow's best-selling biography Grant. And Spielberg is in talks to direct the "epic" biopic. This would be a very different sort of team-up for the duo. Catch Me If You Can is also based on a true story, but one that's more recent and less historically substantial.

Each of them has experience with similar movies to the Grant project, however. Spielberg's 2012 Civil War-set Abraham Lincoln biopic, Lincoln, features Grant as a character, portrayed by Jared Harris. And DiCaprio has starred in historical movies set around the same time, including Gangs of New York, which takes place during the Civil War years, and The Revenant, which takes place a few decades prior. His performance in the latter finally brought the actor his first Oscar. 

The Grant biopic may not happen for a while if a re-team is priority. Spielberg is currently working on pre-production for Indiana Jones 5 with a West Side Story remake on deck to make afterward. And DiCaprio, whose production company has the rights to the book with Lionsgate, also has a lot of potential projects in his pipeline, in addition to certain gigs like his reunion with Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. He'd be more likely to stay attached than Spielberg.

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