Starz announced today that the anticipated second season of the historical fantasy Da Vinci's Demons, an original series created by David S. Goyer, who most recently wrote the screenplay for Man of Steel and its sequel Batman Vs. Superman, as well as co-writer of The Dark Knight trilogy, will premiere on Starz in the U.S. on Saturday, March 22nd at 9pm ET/PT. The ten-episode drama, produced by Adjacent Productions, follows the 'untold' story of the world's greatest genius, Leonardo da Vinci, during his turbulent youth during the Renaissance. Starz greenlit Da Vinci's Demons for a second season following its record-setting first season weekend debut on Starz on Friday April 12, 2013. Outside of the United States and English-speaking Canada, Da Vinci's Demons is distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide, in partnership with FOX International Channels (FIC) who broadcasts the series to audiences in 125 countries in Latin America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa following Starz's exclusive premiere in the U.S.
Brilliant and passionate, the 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.
Starring Tom Riley as the title character, Season 2 of Da Vinci's Demons finds Florence thrown into chaos in the wake of the Pazzi conspiracy. Lorenzo is gravely ill and Leonardo da Vinci must push the limits of his mind and body to defend the city against the forces of Rome. While the Medicis go to unthinkable lengths to deal with new threats, da Vinci continues on his quest to find the fabled Book of Leaves and uncover the secret history of his mother. He'll come to realize that he has lethal competition in his quest -- new enemies who may be even worse than the forces of Pope Sixtus. His search will take him to faraway lands and force him to reevaluate everything he knew about the world and his own history.
Riley's co-stars include Laura Haddock The Inbetweeners, Guardians of the Galaxy) who plays Lucrezia Donati; Elliot Cowan (Luther, Lost in Austen) who plays the de factor ruler of Florence, Lorenzo Medici; Lara Pulver (True Blood, Sherlock), who plays his wife Clarice Orsini; and Blake Ritson (Serena, Upstairs, Downstairs) who plays the ruthless and unwavering Count Girolamo Riario, nephew of Pope Sixtus IV.
In addition to his high profile film credits, Goyer served as script consultant and story developer for "Call of Duty: Black Ops," and "Black Ops II," respectively, the most successful video game franchise of all time.
Jane Tranter, head of Adjacent Productions, served as Executive Producer. The series was shot in Swansea during the summer and fall of 2013. The series is produced by Adjacent Productions, a label launched in 2012 that sits alongside BBC Worldwide Productions in order to identify new and original programming created and produced under the company's umbrella.