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Aidan Turner to play Leonardo da Vinci in new series

Los Angeles, Oct 18 Actor Aidan Turner has been cast to play Leonardo da Vinci in a new series from Frank Spotnitz.

According to Variety, the project aims to provide an original take on the Renaissance genius.

The series will have eight episodes with each focusing on one of Vinci''s masterful achievements in various fields.

Makers are planning to screen the series next year to mark the 500th anniversary of Vinci''s death.

Shooting on the series, which has the working title "Leonardo", will start in December.

Dan Percival is directing the series and Spotnitz has co-written it with British writer Steve Thompson.

Matilde Bernabei , president of European television production company Lux Vide, said that more A-list international cast members will soon be announced.

Sponitz is also serving as producer on the series via his Big Light Productions, alongside Lux Vide. 

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