The first feature-length film about Frank Sinatra is all set to be directed by academy award winning director Martin Scorsese. According to a report in the New York Post, actors Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio and James Franco have been shortlisted to play Ol’ Blue Eyes.
Insiders say that Depp, at 45, might be too old for the part but could pull it off helped by his youthful looks. Real estate tycoon and reality TV star Donald Trump, who is a huge fan of Sinatra thinks that Depp is the right man for the role, citing the actor’s resemblance to Sinatra and his versatile talent.
DiCaprio, who has worked with Scorsese on two occasions before, “The Aviator” and “The Departed”, is less likely to land the role, mainly due to the fact that he bears no resemblance to Frank Sinatra.
Other actors who are being considered for the role include names like Justin Timberlake, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Buble, Jon Hamm and Mark Wahlberg.
In a 1992 television mini-series, Philip Casnoff portrayed the character of Sinatra. Ray Liotta also had the chance to portray the legendary singer in “The Rat Pack”, the 1998 movie produced by HBO. However, the Scorsese movie, “Sinatra”, will be first big screen rendition of the singer’s life and career.
Academy award-winner Phil Alden Robinson (Field of dreams) is the screenwriter for the project and has spent more than a year in research.
According to studio executives, production of the movie was delayed by several years as negotiations were underway with the Sinatra family over the best way to tell the story of the singer.