Never underestimate the power of the public's profound ongoing fascination with the great Leonardo da Vinci. Or the power of Starz to create some unexpectedly great television, for that matter. (See: Spartacus, Boss, Party Down.) With those two forces combining, its no wonder that the cable network's upcoming series Da Vinci's Demons has art, history, and television fans all, collectively, chomping at the bit. (Sorry to disappoint Dan Brown fans, however, as Da Vinci's Demons isn't the latest chapter in that saga.)
The show, from writer David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight, Flash Forward) and starring British actor Tom Riley as the famed artist and inventor, looks to give Da Vinci a sexy new, action-packed twist. The first full-length trailer for the drama debuted at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour over the weekend, but you can watch it here. Enjoy!
Okay, so some artistic liberties have certainly been taken here, but this could be fun. Like if art history class met Game of Thrones (sex! violence!) or A Knight's Tale (modern twist on history!) and put it on TV. We'll find out if the entertainment experiment works when Da Vinci's Demons debuts on Starz on Friday, April 12.