Leonardo DiCaprio Set to Play Leonardo da Vinci in New Biopic
Posted 2017/08/12 0 0
Leonardo DiCaprio just closed a seven-figure deal with Paramount to play Leonardo da Vinci in an upcoming high-profile biopic.
Deadline reports that a recent biography on the famed painter is now at the centre of a major bidding war between Universal and Paramount, with Leonardo DiCaprio's production company Appian Way in the middle of it with the man himself, Leonardo DiCaprio, set to star as his namesake.
The biography in question was written by Walter Isaacson, who also wrote the book Steve Jobs (we’re sensing a pattern with his book titles), which you may remember from being one of seventeen Steve Jobs biopic adaptations to come out in 2015 (this was the one that starred Michael Fassbender, the dude from X-Men).
Da Vinci, who was born in 1452 and died in 1519, is best known for painting the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, but he was also a skilled inventor. Some even credit him with first coming up with the concept for the helicopter. But that was only the tip of the iceberg; he was also a genius at math, writing, botany, science, music, history, cartography, and numerous other subjects. Many call him the father of architecture, ichnology, and paleontology. Da Vinci is considered by many to be one of the most multi-talented people to have ever lived.
Paramount and Universal waged a heated bidding war for the rights to the book, and DiCaprio's Appian Way production company was first on board to oversee the film as a potential starring role for the actor. It's too early for a writer or director to be attached at this point, and DiCaprio has plenty of projects awaiting his attention, but this would certainly appear to be something Paramount will aim to get made.
DiCaprio’s desire to portray da Vinci on film is no coincidence. The actor’s mother famously claims to have chosen the artist as her son’s namesake when she felt an in utero DiCaprio kick for the first time while examining a da Vinci piece at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy back in 1974.
Past actors to take on the role of the original Renaissance man include My Big Fat Greek Wedding’s Michael Constantine in an episode of My Favorite Martian and Jim Cummings, in the “Leonardo da Vinci and His Fightin’ Genius Time Commandos!” episode of The Tick. But so far, Leonardo da Vinci has never been played by a man whose name sounded quite so much like “Leonardo da Vinci.”