It has been confirmed that Leonardo DiCaprio will play his namesake Da Vinci in an upcoming biopic. The project comes through DiCaprio's Appian Way, which has a first-look deal at Paramount, and the actor and his president of production Jennifer Davisson will be serving as producers.
The biography in question was written by Walter Isaacson, who wrote the biography of Steve Jobs that eventually became the Danny Boyle-directed, Aaron Sorkin-scripted, Michael Fassbender-starring film of the same name.
His 2007 book, Einstein: His Life and Universe, was the basis for the first season of National Geographic Channel's new series, Genius, which starred Geoffrey Rush as Albert Einstein. The studio beat out Universal in a seven-figure deal for the rights to ex-CNN president Walter Isaacson's upcoming biography of the celebrated artist, scientist, and inventor, which will be published on October 17.
DiCaprio's mum has famously said that she named him after the great artist because she visited the Uffizi Gallery in Florence while pregnant with him, and felt him kick for the first time while she viewed one of da Vinci's works.
And my father took that as a sign, and I suppose DiCaprio wasn't that far from da Vinci.
The film, about America's most infamous serial killer, Dr. H.H. Holmes, would reunite DiCaprio with director Martin Scorcese. So, she made a decision to name the actor Leonardo.