Leonardo DeCaprio is set to produce and star in an upcoming biopic about Sam Phillips, the founder of Sun Records and a rock pioneer according to an Oct. 21, 2016 article in Rolling Stone. Phillips produced landmark records by legendary stars including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and more.
Rolling Stone front man Mick Jagger will also serve as a producer on the Paramount Picture film, in a similar role as he held on the HBO drama "Vinyl." The film will be based on the book “Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘N’Roll," written by Peter Guralnick. Check out the video of Peter Guralnick talking about Sam Phillips on CBS This Morning.
The film will tell the story of one of the key figures in the history of rock music as stated by Deadline. Phillips founded the Memphis-based label Sun Records in 1952 and set up the famous Sun Studios, where Presley recorded his earliest records, including his first single “That’s All Right.” Sun Records helped to bring stardom to artists like Ike Turner, Howlin' Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley.
Phillips also oversaw the famed Million Dollar Quartet session in Dec. 1952. The impromptu session was a performance by Presley, Cash, Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis.
DiCaprio’s Appian Way acquired the rights to the book, but it is likely that he will star in another film before this project according to Variety. Sources report that the actor is looking for his next role after his Best Actor Oscar for “The Revenant.”