HomeHeard it on the ShowLeonardo DiCaprio to play Leonardo da Vinci in upcoming biopicLeonardo DiCaprio to play Leonardo da Vinci in upcoming biopicTue, August 15, 2017 by Tessa Snyder SHARE NOW Seems fitting since he is named after the famous artists. Jodi shares this Hollywood Outsider at 2:45 minutes into today’s show podcast. According to EW: Leonardo DiCaprio is set to star as Leonardo da Vinci in a biopic about the famed painter and scientist. According to Deadline, which first reported the news, Paramount Pictures won the rights to Walter Isaacson’s not-yet-published book on da Vinci over the weekend, beating out Universal in an “intense” bidding war. DiCaprio will also produce the film under his Appian Way banner, alongside Appian’s president of production Jennifer Davisson. The casting news is fitting — according to family legend, DiCaprio got his name after his mother, Irmalin DiCaprio, felt her unborn son kicking while she was looking at a da Vinci painting at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. Want to hear more? Listen to Murphy Sam and Jodi: On Demand When you follow our podcast on iTunes or the Google Play store, you get exclusive stuff you won’t hear on the show! (It’s FREE to subscribe) And while you’re at it… be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram and subscribe to our YouTube channel.