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The CW continues its international content acquisition strategy with its pickup of Leonardo, an English-language Italian historical drama starring Aidan Turner.

Leonardo: Aidan Turner as Leonardo da Vinci — Photo by Fabio Lovino © 2021 Lux Vide, courtesy of The CW

Having brought series from across the Atlantic, north of the border, and down under to audiences in the US over the past 18 months — including Italian thriller Devils (returning with Season 2), Canadian mystery-crime drama Coroner (returning with Seasons 4 and 5), and New Zealand fantasy-crime comedy Wellington Paranormal (returning with Season 3) — The CW is continuing its investment in international content by acquiring Australian comedy-drama Bump and Italian historical drama Leonardo.

Set against the backdrop of Renaissance Italy and starring Aidan Turner (Poldark, The Hobbit) as the titular protagonist, Leonardo explores the secrets and drama behind the genius of Leonardo da Vinci and unlocks the enigma of this extraordinary man.

The eight-part series follows da Vinci as he grows into an unparalleled genius and renowned polymath whose work overturned the established order. His restless curiosity flitted between arts, science, and technology — driven by his profound quest for knowledge and determination to unfold the mysteries of the world around him.

Costars include Matilda de Angelis (The Undoing) as Caterina da Cremona, Freddie Highmore (The Good Doctor) as Stefano Giraldi, Giancarlo Giannini (Seven Beauties) as Andrea del Verrocchio, Carlos Cuevas (Someone Has to Die) as Salaì, Alessandro Sperduti (Medici) as Tommaso Masini, James D’Arcy (Avengers: Endgame) as Ludovico Sforza, Robin Renucci (A French Village) as Piero da Vinci, Hugo Becker (A Very Secret Service) as Thierry, Miriam Dalmazio (The Hunter) as Beatrice D’Este, and Max Bennet (Bohemian Rhapsody) as Cesare Borgia.

Created by Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files, Medici) and Steve Thompson (Sherlock, Doctor Who), Leonardo is directed by Dan Percival (The Man in the High Castle, Death Comes To Pemberley) and Alexis Sweet (Don Matteo, Back to the Island). The executive producers are Luca Bernabei, Daniele Passani, Sara Melodia, and Luisa Cotta Ramosino for Lux Vide, Frank Spotnitz and Emily Feller for Big Light Productions, Freddie Highmore with his Alfresco Pictures, and Brendan Fitzgerald for Sony Pictures Television (SPT).

Produced by Lux Vide with Rai Fiction and Big Light Productions, in association with France Télévisions and RTVE, Leonardo is co-produced and distributed worldwide by SPT.

The CW hasn’t announced the US premiere date for Leonardo yet. Stay tuned for updates.


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Leonardo: The CW Acquires Italian Drama Series Starring Aidan Turner
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