Leonardo DiCaprio to star in Leonardo da Vinci biopic

Leonardo DiCaprio to star in Leonardo da Vinci biopic

Leonardo DiCaprio will star as Leonardo da Vinci himself in the upcoming biopic.

14 Aug – Hollywood studio Paramount has emerged victorious from an intense two-studio bidding war for the rights to Walter Isaacson's book "Leonardo da Vinci".

The subject of the seven-figure auction will star Leonardo DiCaprio as the renowned titular painter and scientist, as reported by Deadline.

DiCaprio will also co-produce it alongside the president of his Appian Way banner, Jennifer Davisson.

Casting DiCaprio as da Vinci is no coincidence, as the Oscar-winning actor has previously revealed in an interview with NPR back in 2014 that his name was given after his mother felt him kicking in utero for the first time while looking at a da Vinci painting at the Uffizi Gallery.

The upcoming biography of the celebrated talent, "Leonardo da Vinci", will be published on October 2017.

Isaacson has written numerous biographies, including "Steve Jobs", which was made into the 2015 same-titled Danny Boyle's movie, and "Einstein: His Life and Universe", which was adapted into National Geographic's "Genius".

(Photo source: HuffPost)

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