Da Vinci's Demons: Tom Riley as Leonardo!
Tom Riley: April 5, 1981
Has been casted to play Leonardo da Vinci in the upcoming Starz tv show called: "Da Vinci's Demons." I've been curious as to what Leo really looked like - especially in his youth. He has surprisingly little to no self portraits. What did Leonardo da Vinci look like? Is a blog I posted theorizing what he could have looked like. I've never heard of or seen Tom Riley before, but I guess now he'll obviously be someone i'll be following @thisisTomRiley closely! (@derekbair) Leo was Italian and Tom is English but from the pics he seems to have that edgy-genius-aries- thing it would take to pull off someone considered the greatest genius of all time.
Most people think of da Vinci as an old professor with a beard - but not as he would have been in his twenties. Leo was said to be incredibly attractive and "could bend horse shoes with his bare hands." He also went through some very difficult times and that seems to be what this show will focus on "Da Vinci's Demons." I'm very interested to see how far and how dark they will make the show and I am glad it's on starz and won't have to be censored. A lot of what he went through in his youth is what caused him to be secretive and enigmatic later in life. I think that would be great to show Leonardo both before -during- and after his darkest times. Excited!
Riley to play Da Vinci in Starz's 'Demons': BBC Worldwide Prods. co-produces historical fantasy
"Da Vinci's Demons, written by David S. Goyer, is a historical fantasy, following the ‘untold’ story of the world's greatest genius during his turbulent youth in Renaissance Florence. Brilliant and passionate, the twenty five-year old 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.
Goyer commented, “Given that da Vinci was the model for the ‘Renaissance Man,’ these were incredibly large shoes to fill. Leonardo had to be smart, witty, and incredibly confident - without coming across as arrogant. He also had to be tormented, because, as a true visionary and polymath, he was ostracized for his ideas as much as he was celebrated. Tom came in and was able to effortlessly combine all of those elements.”
Carmi Zlotnik, Managing Director at Starz, said “Da Vinci is a near mythic figure in history that fascinates people to this day. It is quite an undertaking to bring to life a role that comes with so many pre-conceived notions. Tom showed us that there are many dimensions to this man yet to be explored, and, at the same time, make him believable, surprising and unique to a world-wide audience.”
Jane Tranter, Head of BBC Worldwide Productions, said, “Tom is a fabulously charismatic, intelligent and versatile actor. His audition displayed an unabashed energy that we are excited to see unleashed in his performance as a reimagined artistic genius in 15th century Florence!”" link