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Leonardo DiCaprio Will Play Leonardo da Vinci in an Upcoming Biopic

Vulture.com logo Vulture.com 13/08/2017 David Canfield
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Leonardo DiCaprio attends screening of National Geographic Channel's "Before The Flood" at Bing Theater At LACMA on October 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic) © Gabriel Olsen LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Leonardo DiCaprio attends screening of National Geographic Channel's "Before The Flood" at Bing Theater At LACMA on October 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)

Leonardo DiCaprio just closed a seven-figure deal with Paramount to play Leonardo da Vinci in an upcoming high-profile biopic, Deadlinehas confirmed.

The studio was reportedly in a “furious” battle with Universal over the rights to Walter Isaacson’s upcoming book Leonardo da Vinci, set for release this October, since DiCaprio was interested in the material as a potential starring vehicle. (Isaacson’s biographies of Steve Jobs and Albert Einstein have also recently been adapted for the screen.)

The book, according to info from the publisher obtained by Deadline, will use da Vinci’s notebooks to weave a narrative of his life and an exploration of his profound artistic and scientific curiosities.

DiCaprio was named by his mother after the legendary painter, and given his previously expressed interest in the role, it’s all but a given that he’ll once again go all-out to prepare.

(DiCaprio will also produce with Jennifer Davisson under Appian Way.) Fortunately, Isaacson’s book will include details about da Vinci’s vegetarianism, which means we can all breathe a sigh of relief knowing that DiCaprio’s attempts at getting into character will, at the very least, not require consumption of raw bison liver.

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