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Principal photography of our new international coproduction started in Rome on 2 December, directed by Dan Percival (The Man in the High Castle).

The eight-part series, created by Frank Spotnitz (The Man in the High Castle, The X-Files) by Big Light Productions and Steve Thompson (Sherlock), is produced by Lux Vide and Rai Fiction and will be co-produced and distributed internationally by Sony Pictures Television and in association with France Television.

It will reveal the mystery of one of the most fascinating and enigmatic characters in history: a man whose genius and work are known globally and yet whose true character remains an enticing secret.

The show stars Aidan Turner (Poldark, The Hobbit) as Leonardo Da Vinci, Freddie Highmore (The Good Doctor, Bates Motel), who plays Stefano Giraldi, an imaginary officer of the Milan law investigating Vinci as the suspected in a murder case and digging into his past. Matilda de Angelis (The annulment, Everything can happen) is the female lead,  in the role Caterina da Cremona. The main cast is completed by Giancarlo Giannini (Capture 22) as Andrea del Verrocchio and Robin Renucci (The Dreamers) as Piero Da Vinci, Leonardo’s father.

Last Friday 18th October, during MIA Drama, RAI Fiction and Lux Vide presented for the first time the new series Leonardo.

Leonardo will be an eight- episode series directed by Dan Percival ( already director of The Man in the High Castle) and written four-handed by Frank Spotnitz ( The Man in the High Castle) and Steve Thompson (Sherlock).  Starring as the great Renaissance genius, Aidan Turner, the Irish actor known for his role as Kili in the Hobbit trilogy and for his leading role in the BBC show Poldark . At his side, Giancarlo Giannini, starring as Leonardo’s mentor, Andrea del Verrocchio, and an international cast yet to be revealed.

To present the project on the stage of GREENLit with RAI Fiction, the section of MIA Drama dedicated to the series produced by Italian companies with international partners already “green-lit” by at least one broadcaster, the CEO of  Lux Vide Luca Bernabei, the writers Frank Spotnitz and Steve Thompson and the director Daniel Percival.

The show will be produced by Lux Vide in collaboration with Rai Fiction.

The presentation of Leonardo was held at MIA|DRAMA, the division of MIA dedicated to the co-production of drama series, born to promote new business opportunities and the incubation of international co-productions.