DiCaprio will also produce the film under his Appian Way banner alongside president of production Jennifer Davisson. If Walter Isaacson has any similarly charming stories about beginning his da Vinci studies in utero, he's kept them to himself, but he does specialize in geniuses: his biography of Steve Jobs was the source material for Danny Boyle's film, and past projects include books about Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, and-for the "evil genius" subcategory-Henry Kissinger.
So, she chose to name the actor Leonardo. According to the book, he also was a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted and at times heretical.
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According to his IMDB, Leonardo DiCaprio is also set to star in the upcoming thriller The Black Hand, about a police officer seeking "justice against a ruthless Italian-American gang in NY".
This film is the ninth time that the Oscar award-winning actor will be playing a character based on a real person on screen. His last film The Revenant showed him in the role of frontiersman Hugh Glass, which earned him his first best actor Oscar. Walter Isaacson's Leonardo Da Vinci will hit book shelves on October 17, 2017.
DiCaprio's mum has famously said that she named him after the great artist because she visited the Uffizi Gallery in Florence while pregnant with him, and felt him kick for the first time while she viewed one of da Vinci's works.