Amazon Takes Aidan Turner's Leonardo da Vinci Series for U.K.

Aidan Turner, Leonardo Still - H - 2020
Credit: Lux Vide

The eight-part biopic drama — created by Frank Spotnitz and distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures TV — will launch in the U.K. and Ireland on April 16. 

Leonardo, the upcoming drama series exploring the life and work of Leonardo da Vinci, starring Poldark's Aidan Turner as the famed Italian inventor, scientist and artist, is heading to Amazon Prime in the U.K. and Ireland.

The eight-part series, also starring Freddie Highmore (The Good Doctor, Bates Motel), Giancarlo Giannini (Family Novel), Matilda De Angelis (The Undoing), Carlos Cuevas (Merlì) and James D’Arcy (Homeland), will now launch on Amazon Prime Video in the U.K. and Ireland on April 16.

Created by award-winning writer and producer Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files, The Man in the High Castle, The Medici) and Steve Thompson (Sherlock, Doctor Who) Leonardo aims to show how da Vinci 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," according to a plot description. "The series attempts to unlock the enigma of this extraordinary man, through an untold story of mystery and passion."

"As we know, Leonardo Da Vinci was a man who created an incredible body of work across so many disciplines," said Turner. "As an actor, to explore the inner workings of this great artist was a very exciting and humbling experience and I feel so fortunate to have worked with such a great team in Rome to make this series happen."

Leonardo is executive produced by Luca Bernabei, Spotnitz, Matilde Bernabei, Emily Feller, Daniel Percival, Thompson, Highmore for Alfresco Pictures, Brendan Fitzgerald for Sony Pictures Television, Sara Melodia, Luisa Cotta Ramosino, Daniele Passani and produced by Luca Bernabei.

The drama is produced by Lux Vide with Rai Fiction and Big Light Productions, in association with France Télévisions and RTVE, and co-produced and distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures Television.