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

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 18, 2018

It is unclear where this project would fall on Spielberg's already packed schedule.

Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio, who last worked together on 2002's Catch Me If You Can, are in early discussions to reteam for a Ulysses S. Grant biopic.

The biopic is now set at Lionsgate and Appian Way after the two picked up the film back in November with David James Kelly (Robin Hood) scripting the film. DiCaprio, now hopefully well and truly recovered from The Revenant, is getting back into the Quentin Tarantino game with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Spielberg is just coming off of Post and the audience-loved hit Ready Player One, and although he has set the fifth installment in the Indiana Jones franchise and West Side Story adaptation as his next films, Deadline reports that sources are labeling this biopic as a priority.

It was previously announced that DiCaprio's Appian Way shingle had acquired Ron Chernow's biography, Grant, and would be developing the project with Lionsgate.

Spielberg received his eighth Oscar directing nomination for helming 2013's Civil War epic "Lincoln", for which Daniel Day-Lewis won his third Academy Award for best actor. Where Lincoln allowed him to explore the country's conflict from the highest office in the land, Grant could give Spielberg a more "boots on the ground" military approach. Grant crossed paths with other notable names from history of course, crossing strategic sabres with Robert E. Lee, stamping out the Ku Klux Klan, and collaborating with Mark Twain throughout his life.

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