While Jamie Bell and Margaret Qualley prepare to embody Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and Rooney Mara fights to keep her Audrey Hepburn-centric project alive, Oscar winners Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio look poised to play two other silver screen icons in their very own sweeping biopic: crooner Frank Sinatra and his second wife, Hollywood bombshell Ava Gardner, in a new drama from Martin Scorsese, no less.

Lawrence and DiCaprio—who previously costarred in a very different awards contender, playing cranky astronomers in Adam McKay’s 2021 satire Don’t Look Up—are attached to the new film, per Variety, though its future is still uncertain. (Sinatra’s daughter Tina, who controls her father’s estate, has reportedly yet to give her blessing to the forthcoming release.)

It should, however, get greenlit, as there’s no shortage of material that’s ripe for retelling: Gardner, known for being impossibly glamorous, free-spirited, brash, and outspoken, had previously been married to Mickey Rooney and then Artie Shaw, before tying the knot with her third husband. She and Sinatra had a famously turbulent relationship, which began as dramatically as it ended: In the autumn of 1949, the singer, while still married to his first wife Nancy Barbato, found himself very drunk and partying with Gardner in Palm Springs. At the end of the night, they left together and drove to the sleepy town of Indio, California, where, after kissing passionately, Sinatra apparently brought out two guns and began shooting out streetlights. Gardner joined in, and shot out the window of a hardware store. They were eventually brought into a police station, but the officers were paid off by their movie studio.

It only got more unhinged from that point on: There was a public outcry when Sinatra left Barbato for Gardner. They married in 1951, and their frequent public fights were as legendary as their swooning reconciliations. They separated in 1953, and their divorce became final in 1957.

Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner beaming on their wedding day in 1951.

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