Leonardo DiCaprio is teaming up with his friend Martin Scorsese to create a biopic of the 26th U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt, according to ET.
The Oscar-winning actor will star as the President while Scorsese will direct the film, based on a script by Scott Bloom. The duo will also produce the movie under Paramount Pictures.
For over a decade, DiCaprio and Scorsese have reportedly been trying to develop Roosevelt but faced numerous obstacles that ultimately halted the project.
This would be the third time DiCaprio has starred in a biopic film for Scorsese, following The Aviator in 2004 and 2014’s The Wolf of Wall Street, of which they both earned Oscar nominations. They have also collaborated on The Gangs of New York in 2002, The Departed in 2006 and 2010’s Shutter Island.
Currently, they are in the midst of developing two adaptations of true-crime books, Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann and The Devil in the White City by Erik Larsson. In addition to Roosevelt, The Revenant actor is also slated to star as a New York cop fighting against the Italian mob in The Black Hand, according to W Magazine.
Since winning the Academy Awards two years ago, DiCaprio has not appeared in a narrative film. Instead he focused his time on activism efforts, travelling to vanishing environments for his documentary, Before the Flood.