Leonardo DiCaprio will star and likely produce a Woodrow Wilson biopic under his Appian Way banner in collaboration with Warner Bros.
The film is based on the novel by A. Scott Berg, Wilson, a.biography of the former President, which was published last week by Putnam Adult.
Wilson was born on December 28, 1856 in Virginia and served two terms as the 28th President of the United States between 1913 and 1931. Wilson was a leader of the Progressive movement.
He also served as President of Princeton University between 1902 and 1910. Prior to becoming President he was Governor of New Jersey between 1911 and 1913.
Wilson pushed his progressive agenda while leader of the country and saw the nation join the allies in World War I in April of 1917.
At the end of the war, Wilson pushed for a peace treaty which required the US to join the League of Nations, but Congress didn’t have the votes to pass the resolution.
Leonardo DiCaprio has done other biopics in his career, most recently J. Edgar, about the former director of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover.
Overseeing the film for Warner Bros. is Lynn Harris, according to Variety.
Woodrow Wilson suffered a stroke with a year left in his second term. At the time, his wife, Edith took over his duties, in essence becoming President for all intents and purposes.
Edith Woodrow was Wilson’s second wife, his first wife had died a year after he was elected into office, in 1914. He and Edith married in 1915 at the White House.
A. Scott Berg is a Pulitzer Prize winning author, receiving the award for his 1988 book Lindbergh, a biography about aviator Charles Lindbergh.
Berg started researching for Wilson in 2000 while serving in the Princeton University Board of Trustees.
Leonardo DiCaprio’s biopic about Wilson does not have a release date at this time.