Leonardo DiCaprio to play Leonardo da Vinci in new biopic

Danny Woods
August 13, 2017

Leonardo DiCaprio, an undisputed genius whose many talents include acting, environmentalism, wrestling bears and looking good on the front of boats, has signed on to play Leonardo da Vinci, whose accomplishments as a painter, sculptor, architect, scientist, engineer, astronomer and mathematician are also fairly impressive in their own way.

DiCaprio will reportedly produce the movie with Jennifer Davisson through his production company Appian Way, which has produced many of his films including The Revenant, The Wolf of Wall Street and Shutter Island.

ICM Partners brokered the deal for Isaacson and his book, "Leonardo da Vinci", in advance of its release.

Isaacson wrote Steve Jobs, which was turned into the Danny Boyle-directed film that starred Michael Fassbender.

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In the meantime, other Hollywood rumors have DiCaprio prepping to play another big historical name: Dr. H.H. Holmes, the real-life serial killer that stalked his victims during the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. It is based on Walter Isaacson's book on the Italian Renaissance-era artist behind such famous works as The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa.

Although he's now got an Oscar on his shelf at long last, Leonardo DiCaprio looks like he's making space for another one with his latest project sounding particularly award-friendly.

In 2014 DiCaprio revealed the origins of his name, admitting that his father always claimed that he and DiCaprio's mother "were on their honeymoon at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence" when he began kicking.

Paramount is hoping to convince DiCaprio to star in The Devil in the White City, an adaptation of another hit book by author Erik Larsen. In the meantime, if you need us, we'll be studying up on DiCaprio's history.

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