Leonardo DiCaprio in JFK Assassination Film 'Legacy of Secrecy'
We just found out about the menacing project that Leonardo DiCaprio lined up with an adaptation of The Devil in the White City. The actor is getting ready to shoot Clint Eastwood's Hoover biopic in the spring, but DiCaprio has already lined up yet another project. Variety reports the actor will star in and produce Legacy of Secrecy, an adaptation of Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann's non-fiction book of the same name. Apparently DiCaprio's father brought the book to his attention which includes new and recently disclassified information from the FBI and National Archives which hypothesizes a motive behind the JFK assasination.
In the film, DiCaprio would play FBI informant Jack Van Laningham who apparently witnessed the confession of Mafia godfather Carlos Marcello for the assassination of John F. Kennedy. 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." Very interesting to say the least.
The book has information from FBI and Secret Service files showing that more than a dozen of Marcello's associates and family members were questioned or arrested by authorities in assocation with the JFK assassination, but the deal for the book doesn't include documentary film and TV rights to the book since JFK isn't the only subject of interest in the film. The book also says the Mafia is responsible for the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Watergate scandal. Those two theories sounds like good ideas for films themselves, so maybe we're in for a Legacy of Secrecy franchise of sorts. That sounds good to me. How about you?