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Leonardo DiCaprio to play Sam Phillips in biopic


Story by Jack Foley

LEONARDO DiCaprio is to produce and star in a film about Sam Phillips, the Memphis music producer famous for launching the careers of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash.

The film will be based on Peter Guralnick’s book Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock’n’Roll, the rights to which have been bought by Paramount Pictures.

Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger is also reportedly on board as a producer.

Phillips worked as a record executive, music producer and disc jockey during a long and distinguished career that saw him being credited for playing a vital role in the emergence of rock n roll in the ’50s.

This was achieved largely by discovering Presley. But given his ear for talent, Phillips also helped launch the careers of iconic artists like Cash, Ike Turner and Jerry Lee Lewis.

DiCaprio’s involvement in the project comes in the same week that it was announced that he intends to produce a film adaptation of the 1990s children’s cartoon show Captain Planet, which follows a superhero who fights pollution.

The actor is also reportedly nearing a deal to produce and star in an adaptation of Beth Macy’s non-fiction book Truevine, about two young black brothers in the racially segregated southern US who were kidnapped and displayed as circus freaks.

He was also in London recently to promote his new documentary, Before The Flood, which once again tackles the subject of climate change – an issue close to his heart.

DiCaprio began the year by winning the long coveted Best Actor Oscar for his performance in The Revenant.

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