The race is on in Hollywood to play Ol’ Blue Eyes.
Oscar winner Martin Scorsese will be directing and producing a biopic about legendary singer Frank Sinatra, who died in 1998 at age 82. The hot-tempered Sinatra led a famously colorful life: He wed four times (including to movie stars Ava Gardner and Mia Farrow), had early ties to organized crime, and starred in 50-plus movies, including the original Rat Pack extravaganza, Ocean s Eleven, as well as From Here to Eternity, for which he won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
The role of Sinatra has yet to be cast, but the early favorite is Leonardo DiCaprio, who has made three films with Scorsese, including Shutter Island, which opens this fall. Another possible contender: Johnny Depp. Respected film industry blogger Nikki Finke reports he’s the choice of the sponsoring studio, Universal. Neither actor is known for his warbling abilities, but that doesn t matter because the film, which has the cooperation of the Sinatra estate, will use the crooner s original recordings.
Other possible contenders? Justin Timberlake, who actually can sing and has the right hungry look. Tween heartthrob Joe Jonas has the pipes and the right look. Or maybe even Twilight s Robert Pattinson, if he loses the fangs and nails a New Jersey accent. Pick your favorite to portray the crooner below: