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Posted at 9:43 AM ET, 11/22/2010

Leonardo DiCaprio to produce and star in JFK assassination movie

By Liz Kelly

DiCaprio in 2009's 'Revolutionary Road.'

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, 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.


By Liz Kelly  | November 22, 2010; 9:43 AM ET
Categories:  Celebrities, Movies  | Tags:  Leonardo DiCaprio  
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You mean there might have been more than one person invovled in the Kennedy assassination? Wait til Oliver Stone finds out.

Posted by: reddragon1 | November 22, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Tom Hartman has always pushed that the Mafia did it, but how could the Mafia have controlled the FBI and Secret Service? Mutual interests?

Posted by: drbarryf2004 | November 22, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

LBJ's wink during his 'swear in' on Airforce 1 moments after the assassination with a smile on his face while Jackie Kennedy shows the grief on her face.

E.Howard. Hunt's deathbed confession.

'Lone-nut', 'Magic-bullet'?


Posted by: peace4mankind | November 22, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: pc93 | November 22, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

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