Tom Riley as Leonardo da Vinci in Da Vinci's Demons.
Tom Riley as Leonardo da Vinci in Da Vinci's Demons.

On a wing and prayer: scope of Da Vinci's Demons widens

THE scope of Renaissance drama, Da Vinci's Demons, has expanded in its second season.

The acclaimed Starz and BBC co-production follows the adventures of a young Leonardo da Vinci, played by Tom Riley.

The second season, airing on Foxtel's FX channel, follows the show's established characters as they travel out of the confines of Florence.

"This season all the characters get thrown out of their comfort zones," Riley told APN.

"In the previous season they all got very used to Florence. Leonardo got very used to being the smartest man of Italy."

The second season picked up with last year's cliff-hanger, when the Pazzis revolted against the ruling Medici family.

After bravely saving Lorenzo Medici's life, da Vinci has ventured across the Atlantic in search of the New World and the mysterious Book of Leaves.

"Suddenly he's in a world where they don't understand his language or why he's so special," Riley said.

 "He's lost that edge on them. But it's not just Leonardo who gets thrown out of his comfort zone. Lorenzo and Lucrezia will too."

 Da Vinci's former flame Lucrezia is in Rome, while Lorenzo is forced to leave Florence to seek support in the face of Pope Sixtus's aggressive measures against his city.

"He's hot-tempered, Lorenzo," Riley said.

"But it's that fearlessness and rage and ruthlessness that have made him the leader he is."

The new season also has da Vinci coming to terms with the effects of his "blind" quest to find the Book of Leaves.

"He begins to realise what he's doing is not just having an effect on other people but him as well," Riley said. "He's not the invincible man he thought he was."

Riley will soon film a guest role for the upcoming series of Doctor Who, opposite new Time Lord Peter Capaldi.

"He's such a fantastic actor. I think he's going to really shape up The Doctor," he said.

"One of the things I remember so clearly as a child was watching it (Doctor Who). If I could tell the seven-year-old me, 'You're going to be in it yourself', then I'd be running around my house high on Haribo (lollies) and pumping my fist in the air."

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