David O. Russell to Direct JFK Assassination Film 'Legacy of Secrecy'?
In the fall of 2010, news surfaced that Leonardo DiCaprio was going to star in and produce Legacy of Secrecy, an adaptation of Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann's non-fiction book of the same name. The actor'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 assassination of John F. Kennedy. Since then we haven't heard anything about the project, but Showbiz 411 caught up with DiCaprio's father at Cannes, and reportedly David O. Russell is going to write and direct the film now.
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. 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."
DiCaprio's father mentioned that in addition to Russell taking on the film, Robert De Niro has been tapped to play Carlos Marcello. And in case this was just a hopeful father giving out only potential project details, van Laningham's son Craig also spoke with Showbizz 411 and confirmed the same details. The question is just how soon a project like this might get off the ground. Russell always seems to flirt with a few projects before settling on one, so he could just as easily not end up directing this film. DiCaprio is also quite the busy man, so this one might be awhile off. Hopefully we'll hear more soon.