Leonardo DiCaprio To Play Leonardo da Vinci

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Veteran actor and Hollywood heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio is set to take on his namesake in an upcoming film about the life of artist and inventor Leonardo Da Vinci.

Da Vinci's works including The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa however the book - which has yet to be published - will focus on not just his art but his passion for science, study of anatomy, love of birds and his lifelong enthusiasm for theatrical productions, many of which ultimately informed his paintings and inventions.

Universal and Paramount are now locked in a desperate bidding war to get the film on their slate, with seven-figure sums being offered for the rights of the book with DiCaprio packaged in with the deal.

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DiCaprio will also produce this film under his Appian Way banner. The former Time magazine editor also has written bestsellers on Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein, the latter of which was the basis for the Emmy-nominated NatGeo series Genius that starred Geoffrey Rush.

So, she made a decision to name the actor Leonardo.

The book also reveals Da Vinci to be an easily distracted illegitimate child, who was also left-handed, gay, and a vegetarian to boot. They were looking at a da Vinci painting, and allegedly I started kicking furiously while my mother was pregnant.

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Paramount is hoping to convince DiCaprio to star in The Devil in the White City, an adaptation of another hit book by author Erik Larsen.

This film is the ninth time that the Oscar award-winning actor will be playing a character based on a real person on screen.

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