Martin Scorsese eyes Leonardo DiCaprio as Frank Sinatra for new biopic

Jennifer Lawrence is potentially set to portray Sinatra's second wife in the biopic


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Published: Thu 18 Apr 2024, 1:35 PM

Director Martin Scorsese is reportedly gearing up for a new project, aiming to capture the essence of Frank Sinatra's life in a biopic following his film about Jesus.

Sources revealed to Variety that Scorsese has set his sights on casting Leonardo DiCaprio, as the legendary singer-actor, with Jennifer Lawrence, potentially portraying Sinatra's second wife, Ava Gardner. The duo previously shared the screen in the 2021 film 'Don't Look Up.'

Tina Sinatra, who holds control over Frank's estate, has yet to greenlight the project, as reported by Variety.

Representatives for DiCaprio, Scorsese, and Lawrence have yet not issued any statements in response to inquiries by the media houses.

Frank Sinatra, who passed away in 1998 at the age of 82, left an indelible mark on the 20th century with his multifaceted career.

From starring in films like 1962's The Manchurian Candidate to crooning timeless classics such as 'My Way' and 'New York, New York,' Sinatra's legacy remains iconic.

The singer's personal life was equally noteworthy, with four marriages marking his romantic journey. After divorcing his first wife, Nancy Barbato, in 1951, Sinatra married actress Ava Gardner later that same year.

However, their union ended in divorce in 1957. Sinatra went on to marry Mia Farrow and later Barbara Marx, remaining with the latter until his passing.

Should the Sinatra biopic materialize, it would signify the seventh collaboration between DiCaprio and Scorsese, who most recently worked together on 2023's 'Killers of the Flower Moon.'

During a press conference for the film, DiCaprio expressed admiration for both Scorsese and his frequent co-star Robert De Niro, labelling them as "cinematic father figures."

In addition to the Sinatra project, Scorsese is also reportedly exploring a movie centred on Jesus, with Andrew Garfield and Miles Teller potentially joining the cast.

Details about their roles remain undisclosed. Scorsese's interest in the Jesus narrative was first disclosed in May 2023, following a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

In January, Scorsese disclosed plans to commence filming based on Shusaku Endo's novel 'A Life of Jesus' in 2024, aiming for a contemporary setting and an approximate runtime of 80 minutes.

He expressed a desire to redefine the portrayal of organized religion, aiming for accessibility and shedding any negative connotations associated with it.


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