Leonardo DiCaprio To Play Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo DiCaprio

After proving his acting mettle in films such as Alejandro G. Iñárritu's The Revenant and Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, Leonardo DiCaprio is now set to play Leonardo Da Vinci, the man who went down in history as the painter of the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, in an upcoming biopic.

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

Isaacson wrote Steve Jobs, which was turned into the Danny Boyle-directed film that starred Michael Fassbender. It is reported that Paramount has acquired the rights to the book on Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson, thus beating Universal in a bid to make this film. The project comes through DiCaprio's Appian Way, which has a first-look deal at Paramount, and the actor and his president of production Jennifer Davisson will be serving as producers. Most recently, his 2007 book "Einstein: His Life and Universe" was adapted into National Geographic's "Genius", starring Geoffrey Rush as Einstein. Walter Isaacson's Leonardo Da Vinci will hit book shelves on October 17, 2017.

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According to a Variety report, DiCaprio always wanted to play the prominent artist considering he was named after him because his pregnant mother was looking at one of da Vinci's paintings 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.

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