Leonardo DiCaprio Will Play Da Vinci In New Biopic

Da Vinci, who was born in 1452 and died in 1519, painted the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. The actor will also produce via his Appian Ways production company, according to Variety.

Paramount Studios and Universal Pictures are now in a bidding war for the rights to the upcoming book Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson.

Isaacson, a former Time magazine editor and CNN CEO, previously wrote the best-selling biography Steve Jobs, which was turned into a successful film directed by Danny Boyle and starring Michael Fassbender in the title role. The book will be published in October by Simon & Schuster.

In writing Leonardo Da Vinci, Isaacson reportedly used Da Vinci’s notebooks to weave together a narrative thread marrying his incredible imagination with his celebrated artistic and scientific works. Aside from his priceless paintings, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy (his iconic drawing of Vitruvian Man), fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology and weaponry. Apart from painting, Leonardo Da Vinci also greatly contributed to science with his inventions and sketches of the human body.

This will not be the first time on of his books has made it to the big screen.

Although he’s now got an Oscar on his shelf at long last, Leonardo DiCaprio looks like he’s making space for another one with his latest project sounding particularly award-friendly. Jonah Hill is attached to play Jewell and DiCaprio could play his lawyer. DiCaprio is also circling Killers of the Flower Moon in a Scorsese re-team, based on the David Grann book that Imperative Entertainment bought for $5 million, with Eric Roth adapting.

ICM Partners brokered the deal for Isaacson and his book, “Leonardo da Vinci“, in advance of its release.