Depp, Clooney and DiCaprio Battling For Sinatra Role

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Back in May of this year we reported on the fact that Martin Scorsese was going to be taking on the legendary figure of Frank Sinatra in a biopic about the singer, simply titled Sinatra. Along with that news came word that a couple of actors were lined up to play the titular man, in the form of Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Depp was reportedly the studio’s first choice for the role, while DiCaprio’s name was being thrown around as a possibility more than anything, particularly because he’s lead many of Scorsese’s movies over the past few years (The Aviator, The Departed, Gangs of New York).

However, we get news today – thanks to The Guardian (via Cinemablend) that DiCaprio may be more in the running to play Sinatra than we first thought, along with the already-mentioned Depp (who I guess is seriously being looked at since his name is still attached, as opposed to the studio just throwing his name in there to attract attention to the project) and we now learn that George Clooney is being looked at as well. Hmmm – three of Hollywood’s biggest names battling it out to play one of the entertainment industry’s biggest names. If any upcoming role is is going to attract this much interest, it’s playing Sinatra…

As far as who’s most likely to GET the role, it’s still up in the air since each actor has strong backers in their corner: Universal, as previously reported, is pushing for Depp to play the role, after being impressed by his portrayal of John Dillinger in Public Enemies; Sinatra’s daughter, Tina (who will serve as exec producer on the biopic), has her eye on Clooney to portray her late father; and, inevitably, Scorsese wants DiCaprio, who he recently worked with on Shutter Island after a string of many other collaborations.

Tina Sinatra being involved in the film – after giving permission for Universal to use her father’s actual singing voice, amongst other things – led to speculation that the biopic wouldn’t shed any sort of negative light on her late father. But a quote sourced by The New York Post says that she’s worried Scorsese will give her father the same unflinching treatment he gave boxer Jake La Motta in Raging Bull. Scorsese apparently wants it to be, “hard-hitting and [to] showcase the violent, sexually charged, hard-drinking Frank,” while Tina wants, “to show the softer side of her dad and let the focus be on the music.”

Personally, I’d like to see an equal combination of both. If this is to be a truthful biopic about one of music’s all-time greats, then doesn’t it have to include the bad as well as the good? If you just include the good then you’re masking the fact that the man’s life wasn’t all roses. I’m not saying Scorsese should dwell on the negative, losing sight of the music, (which was and still is loved by millions). But at the same time the bad stuff shouldn’t be omitted, IMO.

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As far as who should play Sinatra… of the three names being thrown around… as cliched as it may sound, I’d choose DiCaprio. I know from the comments here at Screen Rant that some people just don’t like him, but personally I can’t see why. Save for a couple of instances, he always delivers the goods, often giving downright excellent performances (Catch Me If You Can springs to mind). Depp (who has proven he can play just about anything) and Clooney (who has the charisma and charm necessary) are fine choices too, but of the three DiCaprio sticks out to me as a much better fit.

As far as doing Sinatra’s voice justice, whoever plays him need not worry about that – any music/singing will come from Sinatra’s own recordings. A load off the three named actors’ minds, I’ll bet…

What do you think of the three actors being looked at to play Sinatra? Which of the three would you choose to play him? And do you think the biopic should show the good as well as the bad from Frank’s life?

There’s no release date been set for Sinatra as of yet, but Scorsese is said to be moving onto it next year after he finishes with Shutter Island.

Sources: The Guardian via Cinemablend

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  1. @ken j
    Lol… i think i’d try to legally change my name just to sue them and then change my name back(if possible i don’t know).I just want to see it already and they’re not even done with casting.

  2. how on heck did Jet Li,The Rock And John Cena end up in this discussion board?..hahaha

    for my opinion, 3 of them is brilliant actor no doubt! but who is more suitable for ‘Sinatra’? if you all look carefully sinatra is a small/skinning person. or he wore a big suit!

    both Depp and Dicaprio have to lose their weight for the role.but clooney he already look like him!

  3. I like Harry conick jr or Leo Dicaprio.

  4. Anyone considered R&B Singer Neyo for Sammy davis jr cameo??. He definetly dresses the part from his videos. And he showed acting chops in stomp the yard. He has sammies essence not so much the look though. Another person of interest for sammy may be usher…again it could be a small part and Usher has been in numerous movies.

  5. huntthejest pretty much nails it, early on in the thread… clooney’s got the Sands-era vibe, and is a bit more in a.. “a different kind of slightly baggy-eyed masculinity cuz he’s a bit older” arena.. depp could slam it handily, would probably dna-imprint scorcese’s “hard-drinkin’, hard-@&$#%-in’, hard & serious musician/actor” side of frank as deeply as heath/joker.. but dear leonardo is.. a bit boyish, no?
    hard-working, hits the right marks and shows up on time, but.. hey, this is FRANK, baby!!! so please leave the kiddies with that cute babysitter in the hotel room… grownups only, dig?

  6. Johnny Depp for sure, I like Clooney and Leo, they are all good actors, but Johnny is a great one. He has just the right amount of menace that is close to Frank’s. Certain danger element – do not see that in Clooney or Leo.

    Johnny is the man!

  7. Mr.S: My life with Sinatra 2009
    The Sinatra Club 2009
    Looks like i got my Sinatra fix for a while till this one comes out.

  8. I agree with Robyn2. Sinatra always had this tension in him — never exactly sure what was going to happen and I think Mr. Depp has the depth required for the part. I am dying to see this movie made, love the director, love the subject.

  9. I also agree with Robyn2. There’s a difference between a good actor and a great actor. Depp is a great actor. I can’t think of any other actor that is on the same level as him.

  10. Please NOT Clooney!

    Leo would be the better choice.

  11. Howsabout Kevin Spacey for Joey Bishop (watch Beyond the Sea) and for Sammy, I’d say either Andre Benjamin (fantastic actor/musician) or Tim Meadows. I can’t get over his cameo in Wayne’s World 2.

  12. I’d suggest James Marsden! James as Frank Sinatra: ideal!!!

  13. Toby Huss is Frank Check out his eyes and face and thin build . He looks like he could almost be Franks Twin, give him hair and make up and he is Frank.