DiCaprio May Play Sinatra, but He Won’t Sing

It’s been bandied about for some time now that Leonardo DiCaprio is set to play Sinatra in a film directed by Martin Scorsese. Last night after the premiere of Scorsese’s latest, Shutter Island, Roger Friedman caught up with the venerable director who confirmed a couple of things about the project: 1.) it’s still on, 2.) it wont be his next picture, and 3.) DiCaprio won’t be doing any singing. “With those records?” Scorsese rhetorically asked. “Frank will do the singing.” So what’s Scorsese up to next?

After four pictures in a row (Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, and now Shutter Island), he’ll probably be taking a break from working with long-time collaborator DiCaprio. Odds are his next feature film will be an adaptation of the award-winning graphic novel, The Invention of Huge Cabret. Written by Brian Selznick, the book offers an historical-fiction account of early cinema pioneer George Méliès’ bleak final years and his friendship with a young orphan. Scorsese picked up the rights in 2007, and John Logan (Gladiator) has penned the script.

If this sounds like a marked departure for the director, it is. “Hugo Cabret” is some pretty charming family fare. Is the man behind Mean Streets actually going (semi-) cuddly? Perhaps the real allure of the project is getting to depict Méliès, who’s extant early shorts still have the power to bewitch and delight.

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