Jared Leto set to portray Andy Warhol in upcoming biopic

Having split audiences down the middle with his portrayal of The Joke in Suicide Squad, it appears as though Jared Leto has been signed up to play Andy Warhol in the upcoming biopic on the trendsetting artist.

Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire, The Wolf of Wall Street) has been brought on board to write the script, which will be adapted from Victor Bockris’ 1989 biography Warhol, with the rights to the book having been snapped up by producer Michael De Luca (Captain Phillips) several years ago and has been eagerly trying to bring it to the big screen for quite some time.

Warhol’s work in his art studio The Factory shaped everything from art, music and film among the trendsetters of New York City, especially those who attended the infamous Studio 54 nightclub. However, for all of Warhol’s seemingly effortless showmanship, he did struggle as an openly gay man in a world where to be so was still deemed illegal. Warhol continued to influence the art scene up until his death in 1987.

Jared Leto will co-produce alongside De Luca, with no director attached to the project as of writing. In the meantime, Leto is being kept busy shooting the highly anticipated Blade Runner sequel, which is scheduled to hit cinema screens across the land on October 6 of next year.