Newswire: The Virginian to offer a glimpse into the life of George Washington, action hero

Deadline reports that New Line has secured the rights to The Virginian, a project offering a thrilling look at the military life of George Washington before he donned the navy jacket of the Continental Army. Securing The Virginian advances a race between dueling Washington biopics; Red Granite’s simultaneous project, The General, is being eyed as a vehicle for Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio.

The Virginian‘s script was penned by Michael Gunn, who previously worked as a story editor on Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom. Gunn also boasts History and English degrees, although the pitch of an action movie depicting Washington as a down-and-out colonist “desperate to join the British Army” seems like a bit of a historical stretch. Most accounts paint Washington as a successful surveyor and son of a middle-class plantation owner, who was the beneficiary of a military appointment following the death of his brother.

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