Tuesday, April 09, 2013

First Look: DaVinci's Demons

I should've done this one ages ago but with US and UK transmission pretty imminent, here's a look at the upcoming Starz/FOX UK drama, DaVinci's Demons.

A promo picture for the eight part series shows that it's created by David S. Goyer, the co-writer of The Dark Knight trilogy, who is also giving a very modern twist on Leonardo DaVinci with Tom Riley taking on the role as the famous artist and inventor. He certainly seems to be an interesting choice for the role and if the trailers are anything to go by, there's a certain man about town vibe with this version of DaVinci.

While it seems that DaVinci may be ruffling a few feathers during the first season of the show, he at least has one ally in Gregg Chillin's Zoroaster as the two of them seem to be fleeing from a latest scrape. One of many I assume we'll end up seeing in this show. There's also been rumours of some LGBT content in this series, though I'm not sure with whom we'll see it from though.

Of course, DaVinci himself will be getting much attention from the ladies. One of them including Laura Haddock's Lucrezia Donati, the mistress of Lorenzo Medici (played by Elliot Cowen). Haddock has admitted in a recent interview with SFX magazine that we will be something of a dark side to this particular character during the series.

The other woman in DaVinci's life will be Clarice Orsini, the actual wife of Medici, played by everyone's favourite whiphand herself, Lara Pulver. The Sherlock and True Blood actress has had her character Clarice described as seductive and political minded, which definitely won't be a stretch for Pulver, will it?

Meanwhile Blake Ritson will be playing the role of Count Girolamo Riario, an antagonist for DaVinci as well as an overall threat to the Medici family as well. Other characters that will feature in this eight part series include Pope Sixtus VI (James Faulkner), Al-Rahim (Alexander Siddig), Niccolo Machiavelli (Eros Vlahos) and Giuilano Medici (Tom Bateman) to name a few. Also given that this is airing on Starz, don't be too shocked to see the sex, violence and some creative licencing with the historical content but overall, this does look like a stunning series in the making.

Season 1 Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cfe20_G_wdk
Tom Riley Interview: http://www.afterelton.com/2013/04/interview-tom-riley-gay-sexuality-davincis-demons-starz

DaVinci's Demons will air Fridays at 10pm on Starz and FOX from April 12th and 19th.

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