We may be in the very, very earlyÂ stages of the fall televisionÂ season, but it’s never too early toÂ start thinking aboutÂ shows airing nextÂ spring, right? Well, regardless of your answer/preference,Â Starz has unveiled the first official teaser for Da Vinci’s Demons, a historical fantasy that follows a 25-year-old Leonardo da Vinci as he becomes the revolutionary that most know him as today. Through his contributions to art, architecture, andÂ science, da VinciÂ solidified himself as one of the greatest thinkers the world has ever known, but what about Renaissance-era Florence got him to that point?
The teaser for the upcomingÂ show doesn’t offer anything in the way of new footage. We don’t get toÂ see young Leonardo (Tom Riley) in action or any hint of the extravagant FlorentineÂ set, which was built in Wales for theÂ show’s production. Rather, it hints that all the “untold”Â stories about the Renaissance man’s background will be coming to light in theÂ series, which will take place around 1479-1480. TheÂ series is rumored to, in addition to covering the formative years of da Vinci’s genius, be covering theÂ Sons of Mithras, a mysterious cult purported to be centered in Rome.
In addition to Riley, Da Vinci’s DemonsÂ stars Laura Haddock as Leonardo’s mistressÂ Lucrezia Donati, Lara Pulver asÂ Lorenzo Medici’s politically-minded wife Clarice Orsini, Allan Corduner as Leonardo’s mentor Verrochio, and Eros Vlahos as founder of modern political scienceÂ Niccolo Machiavelli. The co-production between FX UK andÂ Starz will be written by DavidÂ S. Goyer, whose credits include the upcoming Man ofÂ Steel, Batman Begins,Â and all 22 episodes of Flash Forward.
Da Vinci’s Demons comes toÂ Starz inÂ spring 2013, likely taking over forÂ Spartacus once the historical epic finishes its run.
Will you be watchingÂ Da Vinci’s DemonsÂ when it premieres? How do you think theÂ show willÂ separate itself from other historically-based television? What are you expecting theÂ show to cover in its first 8 episodes?