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Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio is set to portray the role of Renaissance thinker and artist Leonardo da Vinci.

Entertainment website Vanity Fair calls DiCaprio’s latest acting job as the role he was “literally born to play.” His mother, Irmalin DiCaprio, reportedly named him upon looking at one of the artist’s paintings in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy while young Leo ‘kicked like crazy’ inside her womb in 1977. Aww, cute!

To be directed by film legend Martin Scorsese, the movie will be based on the new book named after the famed painter himself written by Walter Isaacson, the same author behind the Steve Jobs biography adapted into a film in 2015.

It is confirmed that the 42-year-old actor will also produce the project via his Appian Way Productions.

This is not the first time that DiCaprio is acting in biographical films. He won his first ever Oscar back in 2015 for his portrayal of a real-life frontiersman in “The Revenant”. Some of his other nominations in the prestigious award-giving body included Howard Hughes in “The Aviator” and Jordan Belfort in “The Wolf of the Wall Street”.

It is, however, his first time portraying an artist of Italian descent, famous for his intriguing paintings and mirrored hand writing.

Paramount Pictures earlier edged out Universal Pictures for the rights to Isaacson’s “Leonardo da Vinci” set for an October release in bookstores.

No further details were revealed just yet regarding the film’s production and theater release date, but we promise to keep you posted. *winks*

What are your thoughts on the merge of two famous Leonardos? We think its genius!

Photo from The Hollywood Reporter

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