DiCaprio is also said to be named after the famous artist; his mother was looking at Da Vinci artwork at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence when she felt him kick. Then she decided to name him Leonardo.
The film will be based on an upcoming da Vinci book by “Steve Jobs” biographer Walter Isaacson.
This is not Leo’s first biopic: he won his first best actor Oscar in 2015 for his role as the real-life frontiersman Hugh Glass in The Revenant. He was also nominated for his portrayals of Howard Hughes in The Aviator (2005) and Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013).
Isaacson’s “Leonardo da Vinci” book will be released in October.