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Leonardo DiCaprio to play Leonardo da Vinci in new biopic

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is all set to play a real life character for the ninth time with a biopic on Leonardo da Vinci. DiCaprio will essay the lead role in the upcoming film.

hollywood Updated: Aug 13, 2017 14:20 IST
Los Angeles, Press Trust of India
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Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto gives an indigenous Huichol art representing a Vaquita porpoise to actor Leonardo DiCaprio, at Los Pinos presidential residence in Mexico City, in this undated handout photo released to Reuters by the Mexican Presidency.(Reuters)

Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio is all set to portray the leading artist and intellectual of the Italian Renaissance Leonardo da Vinci in an upcoming biopic.

The film marks DiCaprio’s ninth project in which he plays a real life character.

In his last film The Revenant, DiCaprio portrayed frontiersman, Hugh Glass, the role which won him the best actor Oscar for the first time.

Actor and UN Messenger of peace Leonardo DiCaprio poses during arrivals for a screening of his documentary film Before the Flood at the United Nations in New York City, in this file photo. (Reuters)

DiCaprio will also produce the latest film under his Appian Way banner alongside president of production Jennifer Davisson for Paramount, which has acquired the rights to Walter Isaacson’s book on Leonardo da Vinci, reported Variety.

Da Vinci, who was born in 1452 and died in 1519, painted the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. He also was a skilled inventor.

Leonardo DiCaprio apparently wanted to play the prominent artist as he was so named because his pregnant mother was looking at a Leonardo da Vinci painting in a museum in Italy when he first kicked. So, she decided to name the actor Leonardo.

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First Published: Aug 13, 2017 14:20 IST