Leonardo DiCaprio apparently got his name after his mother felt him kick in the womb while she was looking at a Leonardo da Vinci painting in the Uffizi in Florence. It’s perhaps not too much of a surprise then that the now fully grown Leo would be interested in playing the renaissance genius in a movie.
His wish has come a step closer as Paramount has beaten Universal to the rights to Walter Isaacson’s upcoming book on da Vinci, which comes with DiCaprio set to star. The actor will also produce via his Appian Ways production company, according to Variety.
Not too much more info is known about the movie, such as whether it will be a complete birth-to-death biopic, or whether it will focus on just part of the artist and inventor’s rather complex life. It’ll also be interesting to see how it deals with da Vinci’s sexuality, as many people presume he was gay – but scholars disagree whether he was actively gay, or whether he was completely celibate (none of his writings shed much light on the matter). What is known is that he was charged with sodomy in 1476, although it was dismissed as the accusation was made anonymously. Some believe he may have had relationships with men before this but become celibate afterwards.
We will have to wait and see how it’s handled in the DiCaprio film (or whether he just becomes straight).