Jared Leto is stepping back in to the LGBTI world for his next film role.
The actor, who won an Oscar for playing a transgender woman in Dallas Buyers Club, will portray the late gay artist Andy Warhol in a film he will also produce called Warhol.
Terence Winter, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter for Wolf of Wall Street, is writing the script based in part on the Victor Bockris book called Warhol: The Biography, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Warhol was a popular and controversial artist who in the 1960s began to make paintings of iconic American objects such as dollar bills, Campbell’s Soup Cans and Coca-Cola bottles and of such celebrities as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Elizabeth Taylor.
His studio, The Factory, is where a wide range of artists, writers, musicians, and underground celebrities gathered.
Warhol also managed and produced the punk rock band The Velvet Underground, founded Interview magazine and was the author of numerous books.
He is credited with coining the widely used expression ’15 minutes of fame.’
As for Leto, he had some candid things to say when asked about the LGBTI community in film.
In an interview with GQ Style, he was asked if he thought America would accept a gay leading man.
While he first thought, ‘I think so’, this later changed to a ‘I hope so’ after being asked for clarification.
‘I definitely don’t think a gay leading man would have the same opportunities as a straight leading man,’ Leto said. ‘I don’t think that. Not for a single second.’
‘I don’t know if that’s offensive or not, but that’s my thought right now,’ he added. ‘It shouldn’t be that way. I don’t think you’ll have as many opportunities.’