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Scorsese Wants Pacino and De Niro for Sinatra Biopic

Rumors continue to swirl around Martin Scorsese’s Frank Sinatra biopic.

The latest, as reported by The Playlist, is that the director’s casting wish list includes the Pacino/De Niro dream team. “I’m yet to spot the actor who can bring back Frank Sinatra alive on screen,” Scorsese told The Hindu newspaper. “My choice is Al Pacino, and Robert De Niro as Dean Martin.” Um, F’n A.

A few months ago Scorsese told Shortlist.com the script was still being worked on but he’d decided that the film should focus on several periods in the singer’s turbulent life, suggesting the role might require more than one actor. He was quoted as saying, “We can’t go through the greatest hits of Sinatra’s life. We tried this already. Just can’t do it. So the other way to go is to have three or four different Sinatras. Younger. Older. Middle-aged. Very old. You cut back and forth in time – and you do it through the music.”

Other names being tossed around to play Ol’ Blue Eyes: Johnny Depp, George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Brad Pitt.

Efforts to bring the Rat Packer’s story to the big screen are turning out to be just as tumultuous as the singer’s life.  Known as much for his sketchy mob connections as his powerful pipes, the legendary crooner’s story is ripe for the Scorsese treatment. He was under surveillance by the FBI for decades thanks to his supposed ties to well-known mob figures including Carlo Gambino and Lucky Luciano, as well as his relationship with JFK. Many people still believe the singer was the inspiration for the Johnny Fontane character in The Godfather. But bringing these aspects of the music icon’s life to the screen could cause problems. You can’t do a Sinatra movie without the music, and Frank’s daughter Tina, who’s also an executive producer on the movie, currently holds the rights. She’s apparently in favor of taking a softer, gentler approach to her Dad’s life, which – if you ask me – could take a whole lot of fun out of this movie.

But with no word yet on when this will go into production it seems there’s plenty of time to win her over. Stay tuned.

Lauren Flanagan is a freelance film and entertainment writer based in Toronto. She writes for several online and print publications and hopes to one day prove to her parents that sitting around watching movies is in fact doing something with your life. She enjoys gangster movies, long walks on the beach, and getting the upper hand. In her spare time she drives around in a van solving mysteries.

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