Academy Award winner Leonardo DiCaprio might be lining up his next Oscar-worthy film.
Deadline reports that Paramount and DiCaprio’s Appian Way are negotiating for the rights to the Beth Macy book, “Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother’s Quest; A True Story of the Jim Crow South.”
The plan, per the report, is to adapt it for the screen “as a potential star vehicle for DiCaprio.”
The official synopsis for the book is as follows:
The year was 1899 and the place a sweltering tobacco farm in the Jim Crow South town of Truevine, Virginia. George and Willie Muse were two little boys born to a sharecropper family. One day a white man offered them a piece of candy, setting off events that would take them around the world and change their lives forever.
Captured into the circus, the Muse brothers performed for royalty at Buckingham Palace and headlined over a dozen sold-out shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden. They were global superstars in a pre-broadcast era. But the very root of their success was in the color of their skin and in the outrageous caricatures they were forced to assume: supposed cannibals, sheep-headed freaks, even “Ambassadors from Mars.” Back home, their mother never accepted that they were “gone” and spent 28 years trying to get them back.
Through hundreds of interviews and decades of research, Beth Macy expertly explores a central and difficult question. Where were the brothers better off? On the world stage as stars or in poverty at home?
DiCaprio most recently starred in “The Revenant,” for which he won Best Actor. He also has five other Oscar nominations in several categories.
Stay tuned for more updates on the film.