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Leo DiCaprio will be Leo da Vinci

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount has set John Logan to adapt the Walter Isaacson book Leonardo da Vinci as a star vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio to play the painter/scientist. DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson are producing through their Appian Way banner. Paramount won the book last year following a multi-studio bidding battle. Logan’s recent screen credits include Genius, Specter, Gladiator and Skyfall, and this is his second collaboration with DiCaprio after he scripted the Martin Scorsese-directed Howard Hughes pic The Aviator.

Logan will write it while DiCaprio goes off to star in the untitled next film by writer/director Quentin Tarantino in their first teaming since Django Unchained. The da Vinci project is special for DiCaprio, who got his first name because his pregnant mother was looking at a Leonardo da Vinci painting in a museum in Italy when the future star kicked for the first time. It seems like fate that the actor should play the artist who painted The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa.

Logan has plenty to work with from Isaacson, who used Da Vinci’s notebooks to weave a narrative that connects his art to his science and voracious curiosity and imagination. 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. He peeled flesh off the faces of cadavers, drew the muscles that move the lips and then painted history’s most memorable smile. He explored the math of optics, showed how light rays strike the cornea and produced illusions of changing perspectives in The Last Supper. Isaacson also describes how Leonardo’s lifelong enthusiasm for staging theatrical productions informed his paintings and inventions. According to the book, he also was a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted and at times heretical.

CAA-repped Logan is a top-shelf scribe, showing Paramount and Appian Way are serious about getting this one right.
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Sounds like a GEICO ad.

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It does!
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I would rather have seen him as Teddy Roosevelt.
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Re: Leo DiCaprio will be Leo da Vinci

Originally Posted by melasnus
I would rather have seen him as Teddy Roosevelt.
Thatís apparently still happening.
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AFAIK, we have never had a big-time screen bio of TR.
There has hardly ever been a more fascinating person in American history than him and I think Leo would be perfect in the part.
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Re: Leo DiCaprio will be Leo da Vinci

Originally Posted by melasnus
AFAIK, we have never had a big-time screen bio of TR.
There has hardly ever been a more fascinating person in American history than him and I think Leo would be perfect in the part.
Not exactly biopics, but Tom Berenger played him as the protagonist of ROUGH RIDERS (1997) and Brian Keith played him as a supporting character in THE WIND AND THE LION (1975).

In any event, I don't see DiCaprio pulling this off. He's much too introspective in his approach to roles to play a larger-than-life barnstormer like Roosevelt:

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I think Leo can pretty much do whatever part he is asked to play (see The Wolf of Wall Street and Django Unchained).
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Re: Leo DiCaprio will be Leo da Vinci

Originally Posted by melasnus
I think Leo can pretty much do whatever part he is asked to play (see The Wolf of Wall Street and Django Unchained).
You mean the two movies where heís exactly the same, playing a wealthy and indulgent hedonist?
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You mean the two movies where heís exactly the same, playing a wealthy and indulgent hedonist?
And the only parts where he's ever been convincing!
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Don’t forget about wealthy and hedonistic Gatsby!
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Maybe that was a joke, but was he really hedonistic in Gatsby? That was just an elaborate facade. Did you see the movie/ever read the book?

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