Jared Leto is set to play Andy Warhol in a new biopic on the famed pop art trailblazer.
The actor has acquired the rights to Victor Bockris’ 1989 book Warhol: The Biography, and has Terrence Winter, the man behind The Wolf of Wall Street and Boardwalk Empire, writing the screenplay. Leto will co-produce the film alongside The Social Network’s Michael De Luca, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Titled Warhol, the film will explore the life of the eccentric pop pioneer: a man openly gay despite the largely homophobic mainstream psychic, a familiar figure in New York’s clubbing world and brief Velvet Underground manager. He was a known hypochondriac, almost a murder victim in 1968 and mentor to the next gen like Jean-Michel Basquiat, all while being one of the most important artists to ever live with his pieces that explored America’s consumerism through coke bottles, soup cans and Marilyn Monroe. Warhol died in 1987 of a heart attack following gallbladder surgery.
Leto’s fresh from playing the Joker in this year’s Suicide Squad, and was also recently touted for the Blade Runner sequel.