Leonardo DiCaprio To Star In Upcoming Leonardo Da Vinci Biopic


Ahh, Leo.

He’s just one of those men that women want to be with, and men want to be.

Not only does he NEVER make a bad film (my colleague Alfie insists that The Revenant is a terrible film but he’s just stupid), he also seems like a really chill dude who enjoys playing the field and trying to save the environment.

First and foremost though, he’s a brilliant actor, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who was over the moon to see him finally win an Oscar after years of being overlooked.

And, if you’re a DiCaprio fan, I bring exciting news.

It’s just been confirmed that the Hollywood heartthrob is set to star in and produce an upcoming biopic about his namesake, Leonardo Da Vinci.

The legendary artist, painter and intellect is widely considered to be one of the most important and influential figures of all time, and now he’s finally set to get the big screen treatment.

Da Vinci is the subject of a Walter Isaacson book, and after Paramount recently won an intense bidding war for the rights to the book, DiCaprio will be the one tasked with bringing his story to life.

It seems pretty fitting that DiCaprio will be the one to play the man, as he revealed in 2014 that the origin of his name is actually inspired by the great painter.

Speaking t0 NPR about his mother and father’s honeymoon he said:

“They were looking at a da Vinci painting, and allegedly I started kicking furiously while my mother was pregnant. And my father took that as a sign, and I suppose DiCaprio wasn’t that far from da Vinci. And so, my dad, being the artist that he is, said, ‘That’s our boy’s name.”


Da Vinci, who was born in 1452 and died in 1519, is most famous for painting the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, although it is thought that the film will also focus on his passion and enthusiasm for science and anatomy. He is often credited with the inventions of the parachute, helicopter, and tank, but much less is known about his private life.

The film will be produced by Appian Way, the production company set up by DiCaprio along with Jennifer Davisson, which was involved in the making of several blockbusters including Shutter Island, The Aviator and Red Riding Hood.

There’s no release date for the film yet, but given that the book it’ll be based on hasn’t even been published yet, it could still be a way off.

Still, we can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Do you think it sounds like a good premise? Let us know in the comments below!

Images via GIPHY/Getty/20th Century Fox/Wikipedia/Simon and Schuster UK/Walter Isaacson

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