May 30 (UPI) -- Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio is producing a docu-series called Grant for the History channel.
The six-part program is based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow's biography of the same name.
Chernow also is a producer on the project, which follows Army Gen. Ulysses S. Grant through some of the most high-profile events of 1800s America.
"Grant is one of the most brilliant, yet flawed figures in U.S. history and Chernow's extraordinary biography has transformed our understanding of him at the deepest level," Eli Lehrer, the channel's executive vice president of programming, said in a news release. "This documentary will look at the Civil War and Reconstruction through the intriguing lens of Grant and we look forward to bringing Chernow's fascinating portrait of this president to life."
DiCaprio is an environmental activist who has starred in the films The Revenant, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Departed, The Aviator, Gangs of New York and Titanic. He also is the founder of Appian Way Productions and Jennifer Davisson serves as president of production.