November 05, 2012 11:50am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Leonardo Da Vinci Turns Hero in First Trailer for Starz's 'Da Vinci's Demons' (Video)
Prepare to meet Leonardo Da Vinci, action hero.
The first trailer for Starz's Da Vinci's Demons has arrived and David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight) has turned the famed painter into a man of action.
Starring Tom Riley as a 25-year-old Da Vinci, the series revolves around the artist/inventor/swordsman/lover/dreamer's quest to live within the confines of his own reality and time as he begins to not only see the future but also invent it.
"You have a gift, Leo, and because of that people will always seek to destroy you," the up-and-comer is told in the action-packed clip.
"The show is insanely ambitious in scope, schedule, action and the nature of Leonardo's mind," Riley told The Hollywood Reporter, noting his challenges during the production has been to learning to do things left-handed to accurately portray the ambidextrous genius.
"My apartment is littered with sketches in various stages of completion that I attempted with my weaker hand, as well as reams of backwards writing," he added. "I've got a handy pair of foam nunchuks that I've been given to increase dexterity in my left wrist, so the double-handed sword fighting comes more naturally than it otherwise would. Safe to say, this job has pushed me harder and into stranger directions than any I've had before."
Check out the first trailer, below, and hit the comments with your thoughts. Da Vinci's Demons premieres next year on Starz.