In addition to playing the iconic role, the 42-year-old actor will also have a hand in the film's production, as his company Appian Way has signed onto the movie too, according to Deadline.
It's always special to portray a prominent historical figure, but this role must be especially cool for DiCaprio, as he was actually named after da Vinci. In an NPR interview a few years ago, the Titanic star explained that his parents were in Florence when they picked his name.
"My father tells me that [he and my mother] were on their honeymoon at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, I believe. They were looking at a da Vinci painting, and allegedly I started kicking furiously while my mother was pregnant," DiCaprio said. "And my father took that as a sign, and I suppose DiCaprio wasn't that far from da Vinci.Read more at Instyle