Jared Leto, recently seen as the Joker in "Suicide Squad," has acquired the rights to produce and star in an upcoming biopic about the legendary pop art artist, Andy Warhol, titled simply ‘Warhol’. The screenplay will be based on the book ‘Warhol: The Biography’ by Victor Bockris. Jared Leto will be the producer alongside Michael de Luca (‘The Social Network’, ‘Captain Phillips’), with a script by Terence Winter (‘The Sopranos’, ‘Boardwalk Empire’).

About Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol was a successful magazine and ad illustrator who became the leading artist in the visual movement known as pop art, in the 1960s.

In this period Warhol shot to fame with his unique work taking on American consumerism and he’s best known for his painting of significant American objects such as Campbell’s Soup Cans, dollar bills, Coca-Cola bottles, and electric chairs, along with Celebrities such as Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe. He also gets the credit for the phrase: ’15 minutes of fame’.

Andy Warhol created an art studio in New York City called ‘The Factory’. A place that became famous for the variety of intellectuals, celebrities, odd members of society, and bohemians that came into it and also for the artwork that came out. In the middle of all his success, he suffered from hypochondria vacillating between a shallow and cold person to a brilliant eccentric.

Being the victim of an attempted murder in 1968.

Jared Leto's opinion

For being a straight man playing a trans character in "Dallas Buyers Club" in 2013, drew criticism to Jared Leto from the LGBT community for a role that won him a best supporting actor Oscar. Recently he also spoke out about the problems gay actors face in Hollywood, for the reason that Jared doesn’t think that a gay leading man has the same opportunities as a straight leading man.

In his opinion it shouldn’t be like that but it’s still a very conservative business.

Now the Oscar-winning actor is going to play a gay character. Warhol was openly gay at a time when such a thing was not readily accepted. So let’s see how the critics react to this one.