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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

August 14, 2012 at 10:14 AM

‘Sinatra’ gets a screenwriter

Martin Scorsese’s Frank Sinatra biopic looks to have some momentum: Universal has just signed Billy Ray, a screenwriter whose credits include “The Hunger Games,” “State of Play” and “Shattered Glass,” to write the film, which is a joint production of the studio, Sinatra’s estate (daughter Tina is a producer), and the Warner Music Group (which means, I’m assuming, that the movie will use actual Sinatra music). Scorsese, who’s currently directing Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Wolf of Wall Street,” hasn’t yet committed to his next project, but “Sinatra” seems like a likely contender.
Which leads us to the question: Who would play Ol’ Blue Eyes? DiCaprio, who’s become Scorsese’s muse these days, is of course a possibility, but the commenters on Deadline.com (where I found this item) had some more intriguing suggestions: among them Harry Connick Jr., Michael Fassbender, James Marsden, James MacAvoy, Jeremy Renner, Patrick Wilson, James Franco, and Sam Rockwell. (Patrick Wilson? Really?) What do you think? Here’s the original, for inspiration:

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