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James Hibberd
January 23, 2012 AT 02:24 PM EST

British actor Tom Riley has landed the lead role in Starz’s upcoming series that re-imagines Leonardo da Vinci as a young superhero.

Riley is best-known in the UK as a stage actor. He’s also appeared in the drama series Monroe and the film A Few Days in September. He’ll take on the role of da Vinci in Starz’s historical fantasy. Demons follows “the ‘untold’ story of the world’s greatest genius during his turbulent youth in Renaissance Florence. Brilliant and passionate, the twenty five-year old da Vinci is an artist, inventor, swordsman, lover, dreamer and idealist.”

The eight-episode series will launch in 2013.

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