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Leonardo DiCaprio Wants to Play Stan Lee (According to Stan Lee)

Leonardo DiCaprio Wants to Play Stan Lee (According to Stan Lee)

There are many legends in the comic book industry, but only one Stan Lee. Lee is the co-creator of many of Marvel’s most popular characters, and he’s quite a character himself. There hasn’t been a film about Lee’s life yet, but according to Lee, he’s already spoken to Leonardo DiCaprio about playing him on the big screen.

Via Adventures in Poor Taste, Lee told the crowd at Hasbro’s inaugural Hascon that the topic came up naturally when he was talking to DiCaprio. “Believe it or not, I’ve already discussed it with Leonardo DiCaprio,” said Lee. “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.”

There certainly is a great story to be told within the life of Stan lee, and it doesn’t even need the action-adventure treatment of a previously announced project at Fox. Though this take does sound like a fun idea, we’d love to see a film that explores Lee’s complex relationships with his fellow creators Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, whom many believe were robbed (by Lee) of the credit they deserved for some of the characters they worked on together.

Even Lee’s personal life would make for a compelling story onscreen, notably his decades-long love affair with his late wife, Joan Lee. He has openly credited her with making him stick around in comics when he considered leaving the industry behind. A project that combines Lee’s public persona with his private struggles could very well be something that DiCaprio would jump for. (It’s more believable than DiCaprio doing a one-off Joker movie!)

Who would you cast in a Stan Lee biopic, true believers? Share your choices below!

Images: Warner Bros. Pictures/Sony Pictures

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