Leonardo DiCaprio to portray Leonardo da Vinci in his next movie

Pierre Vaugeois
Août 13, 2017

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

The Oscar victor will portray the painter, widely considered one of the greatest artists of all time, in a new movie based on Walter Isaacson's book about the man.

DiCaprio will act and also produce the film under his Appian Way banner alongside Paramount, which has acquired the rights to Walter Isaacson's book on Leonardo da Vinci.

So, she chose to name the actor Leonardo. The former Time magazine editor also has written bestsellers on Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein, the latter of which was the basis for the Emmy-nominated NatGeo series Genius that starred Geoffrey Rush.

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.

The book also reveals Da Vinci to be an easily distracted illegitimate child, who was also left-handed, gay, and a vegetarian to boot.

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".

DiCaprio has a number of other projects lined up, including real-life horror story The Devil In The White City, based on the murders of H.H Holmes, with Martin Scorsese set to direct that film.

"Leonardo da Vinci" will be released October 17, 2017. His last film The Revenant showed him in the role of frontiersman Hugh Glass, which earned him his first best actor Oscar.

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