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Leonardo DiCaprio to play Leonardo da Vinci in new biopic

13 Août 2017

Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio is all set to portray the leading artist and intellectual of the Italian Renaissance Leonardo da Vinci in an upcoming biopic.

DiCaprio will also produce the film under his Appian Way banner alongside president of production Jennifer Davisson.

Univeral is apparently very interested in Isaacson's book, as well, turning the rights battle into a seven-figure tour de force.

The biography in question was written by Walter Isaacson, who wrote the biography of Steve Jobs that eventually became the Danny Boyle-directed, Aaron Sorkin-scripted, Michael Fassbender-starring film of the same name.

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DiCaprio was supposedly given his birth name because his pregnant mother was admiring a Da Vinci painting at a museum in Italy when he first kicked.

In writing Leonardo Da Vinci, Isaacson reportedly used Da Vinci's notebooks to weave together a narrative thread marrying his incredible imagination with his celebrated artistic and scientific works. According to the book, he also was a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted and at times heretical.

The film, about America's most infamous serial killer, Dr. H.H. Holmes, would reunite DiCaprio with director Martin Scorcese.

According to his IMDB, Leonardo DiCaprio is also set to star in the upcoming thriller The Black Hand, about a police officer seeking "justice against a ruthless Italian-American gang in NY". Walter Isaacson's Leonardo Da Vinci will hit book shelves on October 17, 2017.

Leonardo DiCaprio to play Leonardo da Vinci in new biopic