This is so cool! It has been confirmed that Leonardo DiCaprio will play his namesake, Leonardo Da Vinci, in an upcoming biopic. Based on the biography by Walter Isaacson, the film will depict the life of the great Renaissance polymath. Following an intense bidding battle by Universal and Paramount, Paramount won the rights to the book, Deadline recently revealed.
The film will be produced by Leo's production company, Appian Way, who have also made films such as Shutter Island, The Aviator, and Red Riding Hood. Martin Scorsese has frequently collaborated with the growing company in the past.
In a 2014 interview with NPR, Leonardo revealed he was actually named after the famed Italian genius. "My father tells me that [he and my mother] were on their honeymoon at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, I believe. They were looking at a Da Vinci painting, and allegedly I started kicking furiously while my mother was pregnant."
The 42-year old continued, "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.'" It's as if they already knew that their little boy would grow up to be a famous artist in his own right." The upcoming, yet-to-be-titled movie does not have a release date at this time.
This post was written by Elizabeth Bennett. It originally appeared on our sister site, Grazia Daily.