Jared Leto is a man in high demand these days – and the Oscar-winner has just added another film to his already jam-packed schedule which will see him play renowned artist Andy Warhol in an upcoming biopic.
The Suicide Squad star will also take on a producing role for the film that will see him explore the fascinating, yet equally turbulent life of the pop-art icon who redefined American art in the 1960’s.
The Wolf of Wall Street writer Terence Winter will pen the screenplay that will be loosely based upon Victor Bockris’ 1989 best-seller Warhol: The Biography – a book Jared Leto acquired the rights to a couple of years ago with the intention of starring in the screen adaptation.
The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news of the upcoming biopic and gave a glimpse into some of key plot points we can expect from Terence Winter’s script;
Warhol stormed the art world in the 1960s with works that elevated American consumerism to artistic heights, showing that even Campbell’s soup cans, Coca-Cola bottles and celebrities can be spun into art.
Openly gay before such a thing was accepted, Warhol created an art studio called The Factory that attracted swaths of New York society (not to mention an unbalanced person or two, as one artist nearly killed Warhol when she shot him in 1968) and cranked out art ranging from silk screens to films to music. Warhol himself managed Lou Reed’s Velvet Underground for a while. In later years, he was a fixture in New York’s famed Studio 54 nightclub scene and mentored a new generation of artists, such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, before dying in 1987.
Leto, who won the Oscar a couple of years ago for Dallas Buyers Club, could potentially see this film as the perfect opportunity to add another of the coveted awards to his mantelpiece – though he’ll have several projects to wrap up first before he can set to work on this intriguing biopic.
Last month it was confirmed that Jared Leto would star alongside Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling in the hotly anticipated Blade Runner sequel – and could also be set to return as the Joker in next year’s Justice League blockbuster… though this is yet to be confirmed.