Jared Leto set to star as Andy Warhol in new biopic

FILE - In this 1976 file photo, pop artist Andy Warhol smiles in New York. A representative Jared Leto confirmed on Sept. 20, 2016, that Leto will star as Warhol in an upcoming biopic.

FILE - In this 1976 file photo, pop artist Andy Warhol smiles in New York. A representative Jared Leto confirmed on Sept. 20, 2016, that Leto will star as Warhol in an upcoming biopic. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jared Leto is set to star as eccentric pop art icon Andy Warhol in an upcoming biopic.

Leto’s representative has confirmed a Hollywood Reporter story on the project.

Terence Winter is set to write the screenplay. Winter is a former writer for HBO’s “The Sopranos” and was nominated for an Oscar for his screenplay for Martin Scorsese’s, “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Leto has a history of taking on challenging roles. He won an Academy Award in 2014 for his portrayal of a transgender woman with AIDS in “Dallas Buyers Club.” He also played John Lennon’s assassin, Mark David Chapman, in 2007’s “Chapter 27” and appeared as the Joker in “Suicide Squad” this summer

Warhol died in 1987 at the age of 58.

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