If Da Vinci's Demons turns out to be half as good as it looks in its trailer, we're in for something dramatic, exciting, suspenseful and adventurous. David S. Goyer's new series is set to premiere in less than a month on Starz, following the conclusion of Spartacus: War of the Damned. With Spartacus in mind, Italy is certainly familiar territory for the pay cable channel, however Da Vinci's Demons takes place more than a millenium later, and north of Rome to beautiful Florence in the 1400s.

Da Vinci's Demons is a historical drama, which stars Tom Riley as the title character and focuses on Leonardo da Vinci during his younger years. The trailer gives us a series of glimpses into who the character is, showing us a young, gifted man who's defiant, intelligent, adventurous, charismatic and maybe just a little bit cocky. But the sexy kind of cocky, which comes from a man who's likely to have the brains and creativity to back up that swagger. It also looks like religion and politics will play their part, which seems only fitting for a drama set in Italy during this era.

I don't expect Da Vinci's Demons to replace Spartacus, but anticipating the absence of Steven DeKnight's historical drama, I really hope Da Vinci's Demons finds a way to fill the gap while also coming into its own the way Spartacus did over the course of its first season. I'm excited to get to know this Da Vinci character. He looks interesting.
In a world where thought and faith are controlled, Leonardo da Vinci fights to set knowledge free. The tortured genius defies authority forever changing the fate of mankind. From David S. Goyer, co-writer of the Dark Knight Trilogy, Da Vinci's Demons will reveal the hero behind the genius. P

Da Vinci's Demons premiers April 12 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Starz.

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