Antonio Banderas will star as Pablo Picasso in the upcoming second season of National Geographic’s Genius
Production on the 10-episode second season of Genius begins in the fall for a 2018 bow. The sophomore season will chronicle the life and work of the Spanish painter, one of the 20th century’s most influential and celebrated artists.
“The life story of Pablo Picasso has long since fascinated me and I have so much respect for this man, who also comes from my birthplace Málaga,” said Banderas. “I am thrilled to work with National Geographic, Brian, Ron, Ken and the rest of the Genius team to tell an authentic story of one of the most innovative painters in the world.”
Howard called Banderas “the natural choice” for the role. “He, like Picasso, has a no-holds-barred approach to life that will add to the genuineness that we’re looking for,” Howard said. “He has such tremendous range as an actor, who I know will bring this brilliant and unconventional artist to life.”
Added Nat Geio exec vp and head of global scripted Carolyn Bernstein: “Not only are they both from Málaga, Spain, but also similar to Picasso, Antonio exudes charisma and passion, and has challenged boundaries with his creative artistry. He checks all the boxes for us and we couldn’t be more pleased to have him lead the series.”