New Movie on JFK Assassination: Will Leo DiCaprio Star?

Cary Fagan
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leoLeo DiCaprio is gearing up to produce and co-star in a film about the assassination of the late president John F. Kennedy.

The movie will be based on the book Legacy of Secrecy: The Long Shadow of the JFK Assassination by Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann.     

Conspiracy theories have abounded for years as to who exactly shot JFK. Lee Harvey Oswald is the assassin of record, but was killed himself before he even went to trial, squashing any chance of the gunman confessing who, if anyone, put him up to it. DiCaprio's movie will, like the book, dig into one of the alternate explanations.

This story examines the idea that mob boss Carlos Marcello ordered a hit on JFK. Marcello reportedly confessed the crime to a confidant who was an FBI informant and many of the kingpin's associates were later arrested.

When I first read that DiCaprio was to co-star in the film, it took everything for me not to jump out of my chair and scream, "Not the Boy With the Hat! " (My significant other has a thing about how boyish DiCaprio looks -- and uses this phrase to describe him.) Thankfully, DiCaprio will play Jack Van Laningham, the FBI informant, in the film, due out in 2013, the 50th anniversary of the assassination.

So who should play JFK? Hopefully someone able to handle a Bah-ston accent. Here's a list of possible contenders and my casting thoughts:

George Clooney -- too handsome.

Daniel Radcliffe -- too young.

Harrison Ford -- too old.

Ben Stiller -- too short.

John Travolta -- too chubby.

Tom Cruise -- too scary.

Chace Crawford -- just kidding.

Ryan Reynolds -- just right. If he can believably ask us where to pahk the cahr, the role should go to him.

Who would you cast to play the late John F. Kennedy?


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