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Frank Sinatra died in 1998, but his legacy is going strong. Want proof? Three of the world's greatest (and hottest) actors are fighting to play him in an upcoming biopic.
Martin Scorsese has signed on to direct the singer-actor's life story, in a film titled Sinatra. Scorsese wants Leonardo DiCaprio to play Sinatra, after their successful collaborations in The Departed and the upcoming Shutter Island.
The studio, on the other hand, wants Johnny Depp, a big box office draw who wowed producers as gangster John Dillinger in this summer's Public Enemies.
Sinatra's family has yet another idea: his daughter Tina thinks George Clooney is the man for the job.
Of the three actors, DiCaprio has a few real-life resemblances going for him. For example:
- Frank's nickname, which he used in album titles and on TV, was "Ol' Blue Eyes." Leo has blue eyes; Depp and Clooney would need to wear contacts.
- Frank was the child of Italian immigrants. Leo is Italian on his father's side; Depp and Clooney are not at all Italian (though Clooney owns an Italian villa).
- All three actors, like Frank, started their careers as teens. But Frank was known for balancing a bad-boy attitude and baby-faced appearance – as is Leo.
If you're wondering why all three of these actors are so eager, it's important to remember here that Frank Sinatra wasn't always a sweet-talking Vegas crooner. He was actually the first-ever teen idol, playing to audiences of fainting, screaming girls in the '50s. (He also looked like this.)
Whoever gets the part will lip-sync to Frank's actual recordings, so they don't need to sing. It's all going to come down to charisma. But we don't envy the casting director. How could anyone – producer or woman – choose between Johnny, George and Leo?
Which of the three would you pick for the role – and for yourself? Chime in below!