Freddie Highmore (The Good Doctor) is set to produce and star in a drama examining the life of Leonardo da Vinci.
Highmore will play Stefano Giraldi, a fictional police detective who frames the narrative, investigating da Vinci as the suspect in a murder case and digging into his past. Each episode will examine one of da Vinci’s artworks for hidden clues about a tortured artist struggling for perfection.
Highmore’s Sony-aligned production company, Alfresco Pictures, will join Italy’s Luxe Vide and Spotnitz’s Big Light Productions to produce the show, with Alfresco’s Head of Development Claire Londy serving as co-EP. Backing the project is The Alliance, a new co-production group formed by pubcasters RAI in Italy, France Televisions and ZDF in Germany.