‘Leonardo’ future confirmed: Is Aidan Turner’s drama returning for Season 2?

It’s been revealed if Aidan Turner’s new TV period drama has been renewed.

Leonardo premiered earlier this year, starring the Poldark actor as Italian inventor, scientist, and artist Leonardo da Vinci.

The new historical series comes from Sherlock writer Steve Thompson and The X-Files writer Frank Spotnitz.

It was originally meant to premiere in 2020, marking the 500th anniversary of da Vinci’s death, but filming was halted last spring due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Watch the trailer:


Leonardo launched in Italy in March, then in the UK on Amazon Prime Video in April, receiving mixed reviews.

Nevertheless, it’s been confirmed that Leonardo will be back for a second season!

The news was shared by producer Luca Bernabei on Italian radio show RTL 102.5.

He also revealed that Turner will be returning as Leonardo da Vinci.

Hinting at what lies ahead in Season 2, the producer teased that fans will see Leonardo during his time in Rome, encountering other talents of the day such as Raphael and Michelangelo.

Bernabei also announced that a spin-off series based around Michelangelo is also in the very early stages of development, focusing on the creation of the Last Judgement in the Sistine Chapel.

Leonardo was originally set to air on Starz in the US, but a premiere date for American viewers still hasn’t been announced, and there are now rumours that it might end up on Netflix instead.

Aidan Turner is best known for playing Ross Poldark in all five seasons of the BBC’s hit drama Poldark.

Alongside Turner, Leonardo also stars Giancarlo Giannini (Casino Royale) as da Vinci’s master Andrea del Verrocchio, Matilda De Angelis (The Undoing) as his muse Caterina da Cremona, Carlos Cuevas (Merlì) as Leonardo’s apprentice and trusted friend Salaì, James D’Arcy (Homeland) as Ludovico Sforza Duke of Milan, and Freddie Highmore (The Good Doctor) as a young detective, Stefano Giraldi.

Poldark is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.