Jared Leto will star as Andy Warhol in an upcoming biopic titled “Warhol,” TheWrap has learned.
Leto will also produce alongside Michael De Luca, whose credits include “The Social Network” and “Captain Phillips.”
Terence Winter, who wrote “The Wolf of Wall Street,” will write the screenplay based on the 1989 book “Warhol: The Biography” by Victor Bockris. Leto and De Luca acquired the rights to the book together.
There is no director attached to the project as yet.
Warhol rose to fame in the art world in the 1960s as a pioneer of pop art, most famous for his pictures of Campbell’s soup cans, Coke bottles and Marilyn Monroe. He created an art studio called The Factory, which attracted New York’s high society, and managed Lou Reed’s Velvet Underground for quite some time.
A woman named Valerie Jean Solanas attempted to murder Warhol in the late 1960s after she became convinced he was trying to steal her work. Warhol died in 1987.
Leto’s most recent credits include “Dallas Buyers Club,” for which he won an Academy Award, “Fury,” “Hardcore Henry” and “Suicide Squad,” in which he played The Joker.
He will also co-star in next year’s untitled “Blade Runner” sequel, and he is believed to have a cameo in Warner Bros.-DC Comics’ “Justice League” next year.
Leto is producing via his Paradox production banner, while De Luca is producing via Michael De Luca Productions.
Leto is represented by CAA and Untitled Management.