Leonardo DiCaprio To Play Leonardo Da Vinci – The Role He Was Literally Born to Play
Leonardo DiCaprio is set to play the painter/scientist Leonardo da Vinci in a John Logan adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s book.
This is director John Logan’s second collaboration with DiCaprio after he scripted the Martin Scorsese-directed Howard Hughes film, ‘The Aviator’.
The da Vinci project is special for DiCaprio, who got his first name after his mother was looking at a Leonardo Da Vinci painting in a museum in Italy when she felt his first kick in the womb. It seems like fate that the actor should play the artist whom many historians and scholars regard as the prime exemplar of the “Universal Genius” or “Renaissance Man”, an individual of “unquenchable curiosity” and “feverishly inventive imagination”, and he is widely considered one of the most diversely talented individuals ever to have lived.
Logan has plenty to work with from author Isaacson, who used Da Vinci’s notebooks to weave a narrative that connects his art to his science and voracious curiosity and imagination. According to the book, he also was a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted and at times heretical.
Paramount won the bidding after multi-studio battle. We hope the studio is not going to brush over the fact Da Vinci was a homosexual. Reading the book now, it’s actually a fairly big theme throughout the book/his life. Don’t see how they’d leave it out if it’s actually an adaptation.