Aidan Turner was full of character on Wednesday when filming began on the Italian set of the upcoming biographical drama Leonardo.
The actor will play the brilliant yet tormented Renaissance painter Leonardo da Vinci in the new series, who will attempt to explore the artist’s life through some of his best known works.
And with production back in full swing after a three-month hiatus due to the coronavirus health crisis, Turner, 37, was joined by co-star James D’Arcy as they prepared to film their latest scene on-site from Tivoli’s 16th-century Villa d ‘Este.
Back to work: Aidan Turner was dressed in character on Wednesday when filming started on the Italian set of the upcoming biographical drama Leonardo
With a long shoulder-length wig and thick beard, D’Arcy was almost unrecognizable when preparing for another scene like Ludovico Sforza, Leonardo’s patron and duke of Milan.
The 44-year-old was in touch with the beautiful Italian actress Miriam Dalmazio – who plays Sforza’s wife Beatrice d’Este – as he made his way to the bustling set.
With cameras ready to roll, the three stars talked to each other as members of the production team finalized their exterior.
Entirely immersed in his role as Sforza, D’Arcy was later involved in a strict conversation with Turner’s Leonardo, collected as a cup with extras for what seemed to be an outdoor party.
Co-star: Turner was joined by James D’Arcy, who plays Leonardo’s patron Ludovico Sforza as they prepared to film their latest scene on the grounds of Tivoli’s 16th-century Villa d’Este
Reunited: The two actors chatted as they waited for cameras to roll in Italy on Wednesday
The cast and crew returned to work on June 15 after filming stalled after the spread of coronavirus COVID-19.
The show charts the artist’s life from childhood to one of the world’s most beloved geniuses of art and science.
Born in 1452, Leonardo is one of the greatest individuals of the past millennium and is best known for his contributions to the art world, including paintings such as the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper.
In good company: D’Arcy was owned by the beautiful Italian actress Miriam Dalmazio – who plays Sforza’s wife Beatrice d’Este – as he makes his way to the bustling set
Let’s Talk: The three stars were joined by a cup of extras as they filmed what seemed to be a social gathering
During the Rennaisance he was involved in inventions, painting, sculpture, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history and cartography.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Leonardo will “unlock” the mystery behind Da Vinci’s genius and uncover a seductive secret in his life.
The new series was created by The Man In The High Castle showrunner Frank Spotnitz and Sherlock writer Steve Thompson, the show is directed by Daniel Percival and Alexis Sweet.
Eye to eye: D’Arcy’s Sforza looked stern as he exchanged words with Turner’s Leonardo
That’s better: but there was a smile everywhere after cameras stopped rolling on the Italian set
Speaking of the show, Frank, whose company Big Light Productions co-produces the drama, admitted that portraying Da Vinci’s life on the silver screen was “both a challenge and an honor.”
In a statement, he said, “It is both a challenge and an honor to dramatize the lives of one of the most fascinating people who have ever lived.
Leonardo is constantly surprising and despite his fame, it remains a mystery over 500 years after his death.
WHO WAS LEONARDO DA VINCI?
Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, better known as Leonardo da Vinci or simply Leonardo, is one of the greatest individuals of the last millennium.
Poly mathematics was a driving force behind the Renaissance and was involved in inventions, painting, sculpture, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history and cartography.
He has been attributed to the development of the parachute, helicopter and tank.
He was born in modern-day Italy in 1452 and died in France at the age of 67.
After being born out of wedlock, the visionary worked in Milan, Rome, Bologna and Venice.
His most recognizable works are the Mona Lisa, the Last Supper, Vitruvian Man.
Another piece of art, called the Salvator Mundi, was sold for a world record $ 450.3 million (£ 343 million) at a Christie’s auction in New York in 2017.
“We have sometimes found little-noticed clues about Leonardo’s life and have put them together in a puzzle that attempts to reveal the humanity behind the genius.”
Luca Bernabei, CEO of Lux Vide who produced the drama, added in his own statement: ‘The story of Leonardo invites us to believe in humanity, in its extraordinary abilities and the ability to look to the future beyond that horizons that today seem overwhelming obstacles. ‘
Leonardo is currently slated to release in 2021, but has yet to find a distributor in the UK or US.