Jared Leto has confirmed he is set to play Andy Warhol in a forthcoming biopic about the late pop art icon.

The 48-year-old actor shared a series of snaps of the American artist on social media, confirming the long-rumoured news, writing:  "Yes it's true I will be playing Andy Warhol in an upcoming film.

''And so grateful and excited about the opportunity.Happy belated birthday Andy.

''We miss you and your genius.''

Warhol died at the age of 58 in 1987 from a sudden irregular heartbeat after undergoing gallbladder surgery.

The legendary painter was hugely popular in the 1960s, and his most famous work includes the classic Campbell's soup cans and the Marilyn Diptych, both of which he made in 1962.

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