Leonardo DiCaprio was famously named after Leonardo Da Vinci when baby Leo kicked for the first time while his mother was looking at a painting by the famous artist.
While we can thank that coincidence for giving us one of the great movie star names ever – and fortunately, not Edvard DiCaprio or something like that – it’s also no surprise to hear that DiCaprio would want to star in a biopic of his famous namesake.
Thus DiCaprio has tapped Academy Award nominated screenwriter John Logan (The Aviator, Gladiator) to write a biopic of Da Vinci, to be based off Walter Isaacson‘s biography, simply titled Leonardo da Vinci. The idea is that Logan will work on the screenplay while DiCaprio is off filming Quentin Tarantino‘s new project.
According to Deadline, Logan will have plenty to work off, as Isaacson used Da Vinci’s notebooks to weave a narrative that connects his art, his inventing and his science with his imagination.
The question now turns to whether DiCaprio will actually end up starring in the film, as he’s always got plenty of projects swirling around. Two potential projects with Martin Scorsese: a Teddy Roosevelt movie and an adaptation of Killers Of The Flower Moon, an adaptation of The Devil In The White City, and mafia thriller The Black Hand.
However, he’s always excelled in playing real people: Howard Hughes, J. Edgar Hoover, Hugh Glass. So maybe playing the man he was named after would turn out to be his best role. It will likely be determined by how good Logan’s script turns out to be.