Tom Riley

Tom Riley stars as a young Leonardo Da Vinci in Starz new "Da Vinci's Demons." (Starz / November 5, 2012)

Starz has released its first trailer for the David S. Goyer created historical drama "Da Vinci's Demons."

Goyer, who wrote "Batman Begins," "The Dark Knight" and "Man of Steel," takes great liberties with the history of artist and inventor Leonardo Da Vinci, but it looks like a great time. It should help relieve the sadness fans of the network's "Spartacus" may feel when that show ends its run next spring. "Da Vinci's Demons" will debut after "Spartacus" ends.

Brit Tom Riley ("Monroe," "I Want Candy") stars in the title role as a Da Vinci unlike the guy you've read about in history books.

I've included the Starz press release below. You can watch the "Da Vinci's Demons" panel at New York Comic Con by clikcing here.

Starring Tom Riley as the title character, "Da Vinci's Demons" is a historical fantasy, following the "untold" story of the world's greatest genius during his turbulent youth in Renaissance Florence. Brilliant and passionate, 25-year-old Leonardo Da Vinci is an artist, inventor, swordsman, lover, dreamer and idealist. As a free thinker, with intellect and talents that are almost superhuman, he struggles to live within the confines of his own reality and time. He begins to not only see the future, but invent it.

The series also stars Laura Haddock ("The Inbetweeners" movie, "Honest," Captain America: The First Avenger") who plays the celebrated beauty with obscure motives, Lucrezia Donati; Elliot Cowan ("Marchlands," "The Fixer," "Lost in Austen") who plays the shrewd de factor ruler of Florence, Lorenzo Medici; Lara Pulver ("True Blood," "Sherlock," "Robin Hood"), who plays his wife Clarice Orsini, and Blake Ritson ("RocknRolla," "Titus," "World Without End") as Pope Sixtus' ruthless bastard son, Count Riario.

"Da Vinci's Demons" is the first project to enter production under the multi-year agreement between Starz Entertainment and BBC Worldwide Productions. Goyer, co-writer of blockbuster and critically-acclaimed films Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, and writer of the upcoming Man of Steel, is showrunner. Julie Gardner is Executive Producer, along with Jane Tranter, head of BBC Worldwide Productions. Production began this summer and STARZ will premiere an eight-episode first season in the U.S. in 2013.


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