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Leonardo DiCaprio will play famed artist - and his namesake - Leonardo Da Vinci

13 August 2017, 07:49 | Max Haynes

Leonardo DiCaprio will play famed artist - and his namesake - Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leo DiCaprio is all set to play his namesake in an upcoming biopic of Leonardo da Vinci.

Paramount has beaten out Universal in a seven-figure bidding war for the rights to Walter Isaacson's book on Leonardo da Vinci, Variety can confirm.

DiCaprio will reportedly produce the movie with Jennifer Davisson through his production company Appian Way, which has produced many of his films including The Revenant, The Wolf of Wall Street and Shutter Island.

It'll also be interesting to see how it deals with da Vinci's sexuality, as many people presume he was gay - but scholars disagree whether he was actively gay, or whether he was completely celibate (none of his writings shed much light on the matter).

Isaacson, a former Time magazine editor and CNN CEO, previously wrote the best-selling biography Steve Jobs, which was turned into a successful film directed by Danny Boyle and starring Michael Fassbender in the title role.

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An often-circulated legend about DiCaprio traces the star's name to a time his pregnant mother was looking at a da Vinci painting and her future son kicked for the first time thereby inspiring his unique name. The studio is hoping that DiCaprio will star for them in The Devil In The White City, an adaptation of the Erik Larson book that's got a script by Billy Ray and will re-team DiCaprio with Martin Scorsese.

DiCaprio and Scorcese previously worked together on The Wolf of Wall Street, The Aviator, Shutter Island, The Departed, and Gangs of NY.

In the meantime, other Hollywood rumors have DiCaprio prepping to play another big historical name: Dr. H.H. Holmes, the real-life serial killer that stalked his victims during the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.

Will let you know where the book landed as soon as we know.



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