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Jared Leto to Star in Andy Warhol Biopic

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Image: European Premiere of Suicide Squad in London
Jared Leto arrives for the European premiere of 'Suicide Squad' in Leicester Square.Will Oliver / EPA

LOS ANGELES - Jared Leto is starring in and producing an Andy Warhol biopic, titled "Warhol," about the pop artist and cultural icon.

Michael De Luca, whose credits include "the Social Network," "Captain Phillips" and "Fifty Shades of Grey," is also producing through his Michael De Luca Productions.

Terence Winter, best known for his work on "The Sopranos" and "Boardwalk Empire," is adapting the script, based on the Victor Bockris 1989 book "Warhol: The Biography."

Warhol began exhibiting his work during the 1950s. He's best known for his painting of significant American objects such as dollar bills, mushroom clouds, electric chairs, Campbell's Soup Cans and Coca-Cola bottles along with celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley.

Warhol is also credited with coining the phrase "15 minutes of fame." He also created the popular art studio The Factory in New York City and managed Lou Reed's Velvet Underground.

Warhol was openly gay. He was often seen in his later years at New York's Studio 54 nightclub. He died in 1987.

Leto won a best supporting actor Oscar for playing a gay man dying from AIDS in 2013's "Dallas Buyers Club." He portrayed The Joker in "Suicide Squad" and is starring in the untitled Blade Runner sequel.

Leto, De Luca and Winter are all repped by CAA.

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