Entertainment DiCaprio to play da Vinci in upcoming biopic

06:30  13 august  2017
06:30  13 august  2017 Source:   digitalspy.com

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Leonardo DiCaprio will play Leonard da Vinci in a new film. Paramount Pictures beat out Universal in an "intense" bidding war for the rights to the biopic , according to Deadline. The film will be based on an upcoming da Vinci book by "Steve Jobs" biographer Walter Isaacson.

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Leonardo Dicaprio to play his namesake da Vinci in upcoming biopic© Getty Images Leonardo Dicaprio to play his namesake da Vinci in upcoming biopic Leonardo DiCaprio is to star Leonardo da Vinci in an upcoming film depicting the great Italian polymath's life.

Deadline reports that Universal and Paramount were in a fierce bidding war for the rights to Walter Isaacson's book Leonardo Da Vinci, a battle which was eventually won by Paramount to make the biopic film based on the upcoming biography.

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Leonardo DiCaprio is to play his namesake Leonardo da Vinci in an upcoming biopic about the Italian Renaissance icon. DiCaprio 's mother decided to name the actor after da Vinci when she felt him kick for the first time in utero while she was viewing one of the artist's works in the Uffizi Gallery in

Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage. The role Leonardo DiCaprio was born to play is finally here. Thus, the name was given, and now, Deadline reports that the 42-year-old will play the man who started it all in an upcoming Leonardo da Vinci biopic .

As for the star of the film and the man he portrays having the same first name, DiCaprio himself has previously claimed da Vinci is in fact his namesake, as he explained in a 2014 interview with NPR.

"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.

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[Possible self-portrait of da Vinci – c. 1513]

"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.'"

There's currently no date set for the release of the film, particularly as the book it bases itself on is not even released yet, which itself has a due release date of October 17.

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