As if portraying the first director of the FBI, America's first serial killer and the great Gatsby isn't enough for one man, Leonardo DiCaprio is now adding another role to his already heaping plate of cinematic awesome. According to EW.com, DiCaprio is set to play an FBI informant helping to solve the murder of President John F. Kennedy in "Legacy of Secrecy," an adaptation of the 2008 book in which Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann reexamined the assassination of JFK.
DiCaprio will play FBI informant Jack Van Laningham, who befriends the southern mafia leader, Carlos Marcello, a man the book fingers as the potential mastermind of the 1963 murder (he reportedly even confessed involvement). The film will probably be released in 2013 on the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death, so filming shouldn't conflict with DiCaprio's other projects. There's no word yet on who will play Marcello.
Before he gets to work on "Legacy of Secrecy," DiCaprio also has several other projects up his sleeve. He's working with Clint Eastwood on the film "Hoover," which will chronicle the life of the first director of the FBI in a way we haven't seen before. No word on when the film is set to start shooting, but it seems like it's first on DiCaprio's list.
Then, with Cary Mulligan cast as Daisy Buchanan, it seems that it's likely his Baz Luhrmann-directed flick "The Great Gatsby" will come up next on the list. This is probably the DiCaprio film that we're most excited for, if only because he'll star alongside his best friend, Tobey Maguire.
And, last but not least, there's his upcoming adaptation of "Devil in the White City," where DiCaprio will play America's first documented serial killer, Dr. H.H. Holmes. At least there is a wide range of roles in DiCaprio's itinerary, but we're thinking he's in for something light and fluffy after all these extremely dark roles.
Does "Legacy of Secrecy" sound like a film you'd be interested to see?