Leonardo DiCaprio is going to play Leonardo Da Vinci in Paramount’s new biopic.
Based on Walter Isaacson’s book “Leonardo Da Vinci”, the upcoming film will be produced by the actor himself with Jennifer Davisson through their Appian Way banner. Variety also noted that Paramount has beaten out Universal in a 7-figure bidding war for the rights to adapt the book.
According to Deadline, DiCaprio was allegedly named after da Vinci. Apparently, the actor’s pregnant mother was looking at a da Vinci painting in a museum in Italy when he kicked her for the first time.
Isaacson previously wrote “Steve Jobs”, which was turned into a movie starring Michael Fassbender. The New Yorks Times best-selling author has written books on Benjamin Franklin, Henry Kissinger, and Albert Einstein. His book on Leonardo da Vinci is set to be published on 17th October 2017 by Simon & Schuster.
This is not DiCaprio’s first time playing a real-life character. The 42-year-old star has played Tobias Wolff in “This Boy’s Life”, author Jim Carroll in “The Basketball Diaries”, con man Frank Abagnale Jr. in “Catch Me if You Can”, Howard Hughes in “The Aviator”, and Hugh Glass in “The Revenant” (which earned an Oscar).
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