Leonardo DiCaprio achieved instant fame as Jack Dawson in "Titanic," but his versatile acting career began years prior, marked most notably by his portrayal of handicapped Arnie Grape in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape." Since then, he has played a multitude of different characters, including the romantic and tragic title character in "Romeo + Juliet", the lovable thief Frank Abagnale in "Catch Me If You Can", the tortured hero in "Inception" and the enigmatic FBI director in "J. Edgar." DiCaprio's most recent projects include both Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of the literary classic "The Great Gatsby" and the Jordan Belfort biopic "The Wolf of Wall Street." With all of these different roles and different movies, it is hard to predict what this versatile celebrity will do next. Here are a few of his possible next projects.
After finishing "The Wolf of Wall Street" and going on hiatus for a breather, DiCaprio is rumored to be interested in a few historical projects. After stints as Howard Hughes and J. Edgar Hoover, he has shown that he has the chops to take on any historical persona. The next possible role is Woodrow Wilson, the 28th U.S. President. Wilson had a complex presidency. His first term was marked by carefully maintaining neutrality during World War I. He even advised American citizens to remain neutral as well. In 1916, he was reelected largely on his anti-war, non-interventionist platform. A few months later, he asked Congress to declare war while instituting the draft. Wilson was a polarizing figure, and his contemporaries either hated or loved him. Even fellow Democrats did not want him to run for a third term. A. Scott Lindbergh just published Woodrow Wilson's biography with a possible optioning for the movie rights by Warner Bros. There is no doubt that DiCaprio would shine in the role of this dynamic president.
On the other hand, DiCaprio has also expressed interest in playing the famous Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th U.S. President and the political rival of the aforementioned Wilson. Roosevelt was an unquestionably popular president. His time in the Rough Riders during the Spanish–American War of 1898 lent him instant popularity, especially because he resigned his lucrative position as Assistant Secretary of the Navy in order to form the group. Roosevelt had a cowboy persona that appealed to many people, and he remains an iconic figure today. He brought his philosophy of progressivism to the White House instituting antitrust laws and becoming known as a "trust-buster." He won a Nobel Peace Prize, and the teddy bear was named after him. After his presidency, he embarked on an African safari and brought back specimens for both the Smithsonian Institution and the American Museum of Natural History. Not only did he lead an accomplished, active life, he did so despite having been a sickly child plagued by asthma. Paramount is currently developing a Roosevelt biopic, and if the rumors are true and Martin Scorsese is slated to direct, his frequent collaborator DiCaprio is a shoo-in for the lead.
Another possibility for a historical role dates back to the turn of the 20th century in the Russian Empire. Grigori Rasputin, who lived from 1869 to 1916, was both mystic and adviser to the royal Romanov family until their overthrow in 1917. Rasputin is a controversial figure, known for his debauchery and ruthlessness. These traits, when contrasted with his humanity and tragic family life, make for a compelling character to which DiCaprio is attached. Although Rasputin spent the last years of his life controlling the fate of Russia through the Tsarina, he was born a peasant. He even married and had children with a woman of the same social class. However, one day he left his family and began a pilgrimage for religion and spirituality. After going from monastery to monastery, he embraced mysticism and became a healer and spiritualist. This eventually let him to the Tsar of Russia. The fascinating history of Rasputin, along with some supposedly newly uncovered history, makes him the sort of dynamic character that DiCaprio excels in portraying.
After the success of "The Great Gatsby," rumors are flying that DiCaprio is in talks to play the ultimate tragic hero: Hamlet. This is only a possibility, and perhaps even a dream, as far as Baz Luhrmann is concerned He directed "The Great Gatsby" and considers it the American "Hamlet." Only a few Hollywood legends have attempted to bring the Danish prince to life, and perhaps DiCaprio will be one of them.
Although future DiCaprio projects seem to be focused on donning the robes of historical figures and telling their stories, he is also working on a project as a producer. He, Jonah Hill and rapper Q-Tip are developing a TV series based on Q-Tip's life. The project follows Q-Tip through life during the Native Tongues era of hip-hop while depicting his founding of the influential group A Tribe Called Quest.