Oscar-winner Jared Leto has found a role playing a character even more eccentric than the Joker.
According to Variety, Leto will star as the iconic artist Andy Warhol in an upcoming biopic about the pop art innovator. Leto will also produce the movie, along with Michael De Luca, one of the producers behind "The Social Network," "Captain Phillips" and "Fifty Shades of Grey," with Terrence Winter ("Vinyl") penning the screenplay. Warhol seems like a good fit for Leto, who has made his career playing oddball characters, but the "Suicide Squad" star will be far from the first to play the legendary artist.
Warhol, who was born in Pittsburgh in 1928, but spent his career in New York City, was one of the most famous American artists of of the 20th century, pioneering the genre of pop art. In his famous Factory art studio, Warhol curated dozens of artists to help create numerous iconic paintings, such as those depicting Campbell's soup cans, commercial advertisements and films. He was openly gay and a regular on the club scene in New York's East side. He died on Feb. 22, 1987.
Here are all the actors before Leto to portray Warhol on film:
- Warhol was played by Crispin Glover in Oliver Stone's 1991 film about the The Doors, called "The Doors." Glover's Warhol appears only briefly in the film, which is largely about Doors frontman Jim Morrison.
- One of Warhol's New York City pal's, the late David Bowie, had the task of playing Warhol in Julian Schnabel's 1996 film "Basquiat." The film tells the story of American postmodern artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, who befriended Warhol in the 1970s.
- Jared Harris, the son of Richard Harris and one of the stars of "Mad Men," played Warhol in Mary Harron's "I Shot Andy Warhol." The 1996 film told the story of feminist Valerie Solanas, who attempted to murder Warhol in 1968. Warhol was wounded in the incident.
- Warhol appears as a character in Michael Daugherty's opera Jackie O (1997).
- In 1997's "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery," before Powers, played by Mike Meyers, is cryogenically frozen and to emerge in modern times, Andy Warhol makes an appearance in the film's 1960s cold open played by Mark Bringleson.
- Sean Gregory Sullivan depicted Warhol in the 1998 film "54." Sullivan's role is a cameo in the film, which takes place at Studio 54, a world-famous New York City night club where Warhol was a regular.
- Guy Pearce portrayed Warhol in the 2007 film "Factory Girl," which chronicles Edie Sedgwick's life. Sedgwick was an heiress who served as a muse for Warhol and starred in many of the artist's avant-garde films.
- Greg Travis portrays Warhol in a brief cameo from 2009's "Watchmen." The film features fake archival footage from the 1960s.
- In 2012's "Men in Black 3," Warhol, played by comedian Bill Hader, is jokingly revealed to be an undercover agent in the movie's alien-hunting law enforcement agency.
- Tom Meeten plays Warhol in the 2012 British TV show "Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy." Meeten plays a robotic caricature of the iconic artist.