Leonardo DiCaprio to produce and star in JFK assassination movie
Leonardo DiCaprio has signed on to produce and star as an FBI informant helping to solve the murder of John F. Kennedy in "Legacy of Secrecy," based on the 2008 Lamar Waldron/Thom Hartmann book.
In the movie, DiCaprio would play FBI informant Jack Van Laningham, who claims to have witnessed the confession of Mafia godfather Carlos Marcello for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy -- which, coincidentally, took place 47 years ago today.
According to FirstShowing.net, the book was brought to Leo's attention by his dad and contains "new and recently declassified" information from the FBI and National Archives:
Apparently the confession came about after a dangerous and long-secret undercover operation, wherein the FBI positioned Van Laningham to become confidant to Marcello, who ruled organized crime in Louisiana and most of Texas for decades. The 1979 House Select Committee on Assassinations said mobster Santo Trafficante and Marcello "had the motive, means, and opportunity to assassinate President Kennedy."
The hyper-busy "Inception" star has already signed on to star as the title character in Clint Eastwood's "Hoover" and as Jay Gatsby in Baz Luhrmann's upcoming "Great Gatsby" redux. He's also slated to portray country's first serial killer in the screen adaptation of Erik Larson's bestselling "Devil in the White City."
Warner Bros. is looking to release "Legacy of Secrecy" in 2013 -- which would be the fiftieth anniversary of JFK's death.
| November 22, 2010; 9:43 AM ET
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