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Jared Leto is Making an Andy Warhol Biopic

Jared Leto Andy Warhol
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Controversial?  Maybe. Exciting? Definitely!

Jared Leto is set to produce and star in a biopic documenting the life of famous pop artist, Andy Warhol.

Leto has teamed up with Michael DeLuca (The Social Network, Captain Phillips) and Terence Winters (The Wolf of Wall Street, Boardwalk Empire) to co-produce and write the film, which will be based off 1989's Warhol: The Biography by Victor Bockris.

Warhol is notorious for his iconic visual art, as well as sculpture, film, and music from the 1960s until his death in 1987. As one of the first openly gay figures in pop culture, he took the first steps in merging underground queer culture with the mainstream through his art and magazine, Interview, which he founded in 1969.

In other words, Leto has some large shoes to fill.

This is not Leto's first LGBT role--his 2013 portrayal of a transgender woman in Dallas Buyer's Club won him an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

As with any straight actor playing a queer role, Warhol fans decried the casting--especially after Leto made a great deal about Hollywood's discrimination against gay actors in an August GQ interview.

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