Jared Leto to Play Andy Warhol in New Biopic

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Oscar winner Jared Leto is due to play Andy Warhol in an upcoming biopic about the artist’s life. Leto, who recently appeared in the 2016’s more colourful DC outing Suicide Squad as the Joker, will star in the movie based on the 1989 book Warhol: The Biography by Victor Bockris. He is famously a method actor, so I personally am looking forward to seeing the 28 hour video of a tramp sleeping he will inevitably make to get into character.

Leto will also co-produce the film with Michael De Luca, whose previous production credits include the two Nicolas Cage Ghost Rider films, Best Picture Oscar nominees The Social Network, Moneyball and Captain Phillips, and Razzie Worst Picture winner 50 Shades of Grey – an eclectic mix there, Mr De Luca!

Former Xena: Warrior Princess writer Terrence Winter will provide the screenplay. Winter also wrote and produced for Boardwalk Empire and the Sopranos, as well as writing the screenplay for 80s yuppy-fest The Wolf of Wall Street. This is not Winter’s first brush with Andy Warhol, as he also appeared as a recurring character in his recently cancelled HBO series Vinyl.

Andy Warhol was a leading figure in the Pop Art movement in the 1960s, famed for his Campbell’s Soup Can pictures and his brightly coloured portraits of icons such as Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley. His studio The Factory was a haven for artists, playwrights, drag queens, intellectuals and celebrities, and he was openly gay in a time before the gay liberation movement.

Jared Leto has come under fire by the LBGT community before, when he played Rayon, a transgender AIDS patient in The Dallas Buyers Club. Although Leto came away with an armful of awards for his performance, he also found himself on the receiving end of a lot of criticism from the underrepresented community. Leto himself has said that he thinks Hollywood is ‘too conservative’ for gay leading men (I’m sure Neil Patrick Harris, Zachary Quinto and Lee Pace agree totally…) so time will tell if he can win back the fans he angered in 2014.

Warhol has no release date yet, however you can catch Jared Leto in next year’s Blade Runner remake and potentially in the Harley Quinn solo project that Margot Robbie has already signed on for.

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