British actor Tom Riley is set to become the latest star to play LEONARDO DA VINCI onscreen after signing on to play the artist and great thinker in TV mini-series Da Vinci's Demons.
The project will be Riley's break-out role in America following a series of British TV hits and series creator David Goyer insists he's got the right guy.
He tells Deadline.com, "Given that da Vinci was the model for the Renaissance Man, these were incredibly large shoes to fill. Leonardo had to be smart, witty, and incredibly confident - without coming across as arrogant.
"He also had to be tormented, because, as a true visionary and polymath, he was ostracised for his ideas as much as he was celebrated. Tom came in and was able to effortlessly combine all of those elements. As soon as he finished his audition, we knew we'd found our man."
Riley joins Mark Rylance, Philippe LeRoy and Nick Roberts among the actors who have portrayed Da Vinci.