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Already rumored to be in consideration for the lead role in an origin movie about The Joker, Leonardo DiCaprio may also have his eyes set on a real-life origin story – that of Stan Lee, the 94-year-old Marvel comics icon.
Lee spoke on the topic at HASCON, a Hasbro convention, on Friday, saying that he had already discussed the possibility of a film about his life moving forward with DiCaprio, his neighbor, as its star (via AIPT!):
“Believe it or not, I’ve already discussed it with Leonardo DiCaprio. He’s a neighbor of mine and we were talking one day some months ago, and he said, ‘Boy it’d be fun to do your story on the screen.’ So I said, ‘Well, I’ll audition you.’ Gotta make sure the guy can do it.”
Lee also described the Oscar-winning actor as a big Marvel fan, saying that DiCaprio’s home “has all the walls covered with big Marvel posters.”
Last year, Fox purchased the “life rights” to Lee’s life story, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio planned to make “a period action-adventure movie” centered around Lee’s career in the 1970s.
DiCaprio’s name has been associated with a few other origin story-like films in recent months.
In August, Deadline confirmed that DiCaprio was set to star as Leonardo da Vinci in an upcoming biopic about the Renaissance artist and thinker.
Early this month, sources told The Hollywood Reporter that Warner Bros. will “make an ambitious attempt” to bring in Leonardo DiCaprio as the star of an origin film about the DC Comics villain The Joker, using the film’s prospective producer and frequent-DiCaprio collaborator Martin Scorsese to bring the actor in.