Watch Antonio Banderas as Pablo Picasso in the new trailer for Genius Season 2
A new trailer for National Geographic‘s Genius: Picasso has been released, giving us a look at Antonio Banderas (Evita, The Mask of Zorro, The 33) in the lead role. Alex Rich (Glow, True Detective) plays the artist as a young man, and Banderas as an older one. The first season of the show starred Geoffrey Rush as Albert Einstein. You can check out the trailer for Genius: Picasso in the player below.
The artistic career of Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso spanned more than 80 of his 91 years, much of it in his second home of France. Much like the subject of the first season of Genius, Einstein, Picasso imagined and interpreted the world in totally new and unorthodox ways, and constantly reinvented our perceptions of art and creativity. The prolific artist generated an estimated 50,000 works, among the most notable being “The Old Guitarist” from his Blue Period, now on display at the Art Institute of Chicago; “Guernica,” inspired by the Nazi bombing of a small Spanish town of the same name, recently displayed at the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid; and “Les Demoiselles D’Avignon,” now on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Picasso’s passionate nature and relentless creative drive were inextricably linked to his personal life, which included tumultuous marriages, numerous affairs and constantly shifting political and personal alliances. He lived most of his life in the vibrant Paris of the first half of the 20th century and crossed paths with writers and artists including Coco Chanel, Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, Gertrude Stein, Georges Braque and Jean Cocteau. Picasso constantly reinvented himself, always striving to innovate and push the boundaries of artistic expression.
Showrunner, executive producer and writer Ken Biller will continue his role overseeing Genius: Picasso. The second season will also once again hail from Fox 21 Television Studios, whose recent The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story dominated every awards contest and critics’ list; Imagine Television, the producer of 24 and Empire, with executive producers Grazer and Howard along with executive producer Francie Calfo and producer Anna Culp; and Madison Wells Media’s OddLot Entertainment, which earlier this year produced the Academy Award-nominated film Hell or High Water, with executive producers Gigi Pritzker and Rachel Shane. Sam Sokolow and Jeff Cooney from EUE/Sokolow are also executive producers.
Genius: Picasso is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios, Imagine Television, Madison Wells Media’s OddLot Entertainment and EUE/Sokolow. The show premieres on National Geographic on April 24.
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