Leo DiCaprio Takes JFK Story

He'll produce and co-star

The assassination of US president John F Kennedy is one of those subjects that never seem to stop cropping up like a whack-a-mole in our culture. But it’s been a while since someone really tackled it cinematically, so now Leonardo DiCaprio’s having a crack, nabbing the rights to Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann’s book Legacy of Secrecy, which digs into one explanation for that fateful day in Dallas.

Variety reports that DiCaprio first learned about the book from his father, George, and got to work with his Appian Way production company to lock in a film deal.

Legacy of Secrecy: The Long Shadow of the JFK Assassination researches the idea that Mob boss Carlos Marcello was the man who ordered the hit, having confessed as such to confidant Jack Van Laningham. Unfortunately for Marcello, Van Laningham was a deep-cover informant for the FBI. Waldron and Hartmann dug through declassified files and also found that many of Marcello’s close associates and family members were arrested in the wake of the assassination.

DiCaprio will most likely play Van Laningham in the final film, which Warner Bros., under its deal with DiCaprio’s team, is looking at getting out into cinemas for 2013, which also happens to be the 50th anniversary of the assassination itself.