NME reports that a yet-to-be-titled flick about the life and times of Sam Phillips has secured Leonardo DiCaprio to star and produce the upcoming biopic. Film tells the story of Sam Phillips, the man pulling the strings behind some of the great 50s and 60s artists. Musicians that included Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley. The movie will focus on the creation of the Memphis record label at Sun Studio in 1952.
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger is said to join Leo in a producing capacity. Somewhat mimicking what he has done for the television series Vinyl.
The feature will work from the Peter Guralnick book Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock’N’Roll. The source material explained in detail how the modest operator went about his craft to become a heavyweight in the industry.
A Lot of Work To Fit On DiCaprio's Plate
Phillips was a key figure behind the scenes in establishing the 1956 Million Dollar Quartet session with Presley, Cash Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. He is credited with helping these hall of fame musicians get into the spotlight. This project comes fresh off news he will be producing a Captain Planet remake for the big screen. Amongst other films that involve his input in some shape or form.
DiCaprio is out and about plugging his documentary Before The Flood, examining the current day impact of climate change in a bid to bring attention back to the issue. Whether he is in front of or behind the camera, Leo is keeping himself busy by exploring people and topics that take his fancy.
Little Known In Mainstream Circles About Phillips
The late record producer passed away in 2003 at the age of 80. Phillips left a legacy for others in the field to apply himself across country, rock and R&B. A strong advocate for racial equality before it became the accepted norm, his foundation of Sun Records and Sun Studio in Memphis became the gold standard for others to follow.
Little is understood about what he went through to find these rough diamonds. Let alone make them the global phenomenon we know today. So DiCaprio's portrayal will therefore offer the audience an insight into his gift. Should be a stroll down memory lane for those old enough and a fresh ride for the kids!