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DiCaprio Hoping to Play Sinatra

May 20, 2009 | 4:31am EDT

Leonardo DiCaprio has reportedly hired a vocal coach to teach him to sing in a bid to win the role of Frank Sinatra in Martin Scorsese's upcoming biopic.

The actor, who previously worked with Scorsese on Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator and other movies, is said to be training with a voice expert to learn how to mimic the late Rat Pack crooner's distinctive sound.

A source tells British newspaper The Sun, "Leo has hired a top vocal coach to get him sounding like Sinatra. He is a massive fan of the singer and has always wanted to play him. He would be sick to miss out on the leading role because his singing wasn't up to scratch. He is now in intensive vocal coaching lessons to replicate Sinatra's distinctive style."

DiCaprio will have to work hard to master Sinatra's hits -- he is facing stiff competition from singers Harry Connick Jr. and Jamie Foxx, who have also been tipped for the part.

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