Leo DiCaprio set to star in the Leonardo da Vinci biopic

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leo DiCaprio set to star in the Leonardo da Vinci biopic

Leonardo DiCaprio will finally get to play the man to thank for his name - Leonardo Da Vinci.

Da Vinci's works including The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa however the book - which has yet to be published - will focus on not just his art but his passion for science, study of anatomy, love of birds and his lifelong enthusiasm for theatrical productions, many of which ultimately informed his paintings and inventions.

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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. Most recently, his 2007 book "Einstein: His Life and Universe" was adapted into National Geographic's "Genius", starring Geoffrey Rush as Einstein. They were looking at a da Vinci painting, and allegedly I started kicking furiously while my mother was pregnant.

This particular project is rather fitting as Leonardo has previously revealed he was actually named after the famous Italian painter and scientist. According to the book, he also was a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted and at times heretical. In The Revenant, DiCaprio portrayed frontiersman, Hugh Glass, the role that won him his first Oscar. Appian and Paramount are separately percolating several projects including an adaptation of the Kayla Olson novel Sandcastle Empire, about an apocalyptic future with a society on the brink of collapse from climate change; a yet-untitled film based on a book proposal by New York Times journalist Jack Ewing about the recent Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal; and a limited television series based on A. Scott Berg's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Charles Lindbergh.

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