Leonardo DiCaprio to make JFK assassination film

Actor will produce and co-star in forthcoming movie

Leonardo DiCaprio is to produce and co-star in a film about the assassination of US President John F Kennedy.

The actor’s Appian Way production company has won the rights to Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann’s book Legacy of Secrecy: The Long Shadow of the JFK Assassination, which the film will be based on.

DiCaprio first learned about the book through his father George, reports Variety magazine.

The book explores the idea that mob boss Carlos Marcello was the man who ordered the 1963 hit on Kennedy, having confessed the crime to confidant Jack Van Laningham.

Unknown to Marcello, Van Laningham was a deep-cover informant for the FBI. Waldron and Hartmann dug through declassified files and found that many of Marcello‘s associates and family members were arrested in the wake of the assassination.

DiCaprio will most likely play Van Laningham in the final film, with Warner Bros looking to release it in 2013 – the 50th anniversary of the assassination.