OK, the ball is rolling now with the announcement that Martin Scorsese will direct a movie about the life of Frank Sinatra. No big surprise there, and Scorsese is probably the perfect man for the job. (Although frankly speaking, I am more than a bit disappointed that Scorsese isn’t finally getting around to tackling his much talked about bio-pic of Frank’s Rat Pack buddy, Dean Martin, based on Nick Tosches’ biography “Dino.”)
Of course, Scorsese’s done bio-pics before (“Raging Bull,” “The Aviator”), and he’s put in his time on music documentaries (“The Last Waltz,” “Bob Dylan: No Direction Home,” “Shine a Light”), but chances are good that the Sinatra story is probably going to look more like the director’s often under-appreciated 1977 film, “New York, New York.”
Either way, now it all boils down to casting, doesn’t it? Who’s gonna play the Chairman of the Board?
Should it be a singer? (Michael Buble)
Should it be a singer who can act? (Harry Connick, Jr.)
Should it be an actor? (Leonardo DiCaprio)
Should it be an actor who can sing? (Johnny Depp)
Or should Scorsese go the Todd “I’m Not There” Haynes route, casting a bunch of different actors to play different facets of Sinatra’s personality? (Bono, Vince Vaughn, Kanye West, Ben Gazzara and Cate Blanchett)