Amazon Prime UK Picks Up ‘Leonardo’ Starring Aidan Turner & Freddie Highmore, Premiering April
Amazon has picked up the UK and Ireland rights to Sony Pictures Television series ‘Leonardo‘, which stars Aidan Turner in the title role of Italian master Leonardo da Vinci, to premiere in April 2021.
The series charts da Vinci’s achievements, not only in art, but across various other fields as well, crafting a new and original take on the acclaimed genius. Turner stars as the 15th/16th-century Italian artist, engineer, and inventor, whilst Freddie Highmore (‘The Good Doctor’, ‘Bates Motel’) takes the role of a young investigator solving a mystery at the centre of the story.
Viewers will learn how Leonardo grew into an unparalleled genius whose work overturned the established order. His restless curiosity flitted between arts, science and technology, driven by a profound quest for knowledge and determined to unfold the mysteries of the world around him. The series attempts to unlock the enigma of this extraordinary man, through an untold story of mystery and passion.
The series also stars Matilda de Angelis (‘The Undoing’) as Italian noblewoman Caterina da Cremona; Giancarlo Giannini (‘Catch-22’, ‘Casino Royale’), takes the role of Italian painter/sculptor Andrea del Verrocchio; James D’Arcy (‘Homeland’, ‘Agent Carter’) as Ludovico Sforza, an Italian Renaissance nobleman who ruled as Duke of Milan; And Carlos Cuevas (‘The Idhun Chronicles’, ‘Merlí. Sapere Aude’) an Italian artist and pupil of Leonardo da Vinci.
“Leonardo is a beautiful drama that tells a riveting backstory of one of the most fascinating artistic figures in history,” commented Martin Backlund, head of content at Amazon UK Prime Video.
The eight-episode drama is co-created by ‘The Man In The High Castle’s Frank Spotnitz and British writer Steve Thompson (‘Sherlock’, ‘Doctor Who’). ‘Leonardo’ is an English-language show, but is an international co-production between Lux Vide with RAI Fiction and Spotnitz’s Big Light Productions in association with France Télévisions and RTVE. Sony Pictures Television serves as co-producer and distributor.
‘Leonardo‘ is set to premiere Friday, 16th April 2021 on Amazon Prime Video UK and Ireland.