Leonardo DiCaprio will play influential music producer Sam Phillips

Leonardo DiCaprio

by James White |
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Given his perennial popularity and the ever-growing list of projects on his to-do list as both actor and producer, it's hardly surprising when Leonardo DiCaprio's name pops up more than once in a week. He's now attached to play pioneering music producer Sam Phillips in a new biopic.

Phillips was the man who, from his small Memphis-based Sun Studio helped launch the careers of such tune titans as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins, and who spearheaded integration in the music industry.

This is one that's still at an early stage: Paramount has bought the rights to Peter Guralnick's book Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘N’ Roll, which hit shelves last year. DiCaprio's Appian Way company will develop the project, starting the search for a writer and director, while the likes of Mick Jagger, Victoria Pearman and Guralnick himself will be involved as producers alongside DiCaprio's company partner Jennifer Davisson.

Sam Phillips with Elvis Presley

It's just the latest project to hit the news radars from DiCaprio - he recently joined the effort to make the Captain Planet movie and is attached to historical kidnapping tale Truevine.

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