Wednesday, March 31, 2021

KEN FOLLETT'S THE EVENING AND THE MORNING EPIC NOVEL TO BECOME A PREQUEL TV SERIES TO PILLARS OF THE EARTH, WORLD WITHOUT END, A COLUMN OF FIRE

 THE EVENING AND THE MORNING
KEN FOLLETT'S EPIC NOVEL TO BE ADAPTED INTO TV SERIES
While Epix is preparing a series adaptation of A Column of Fire, the third book in his Kingsbridge series (with first two parts, Pillars of the Earth and World Without End already adapted previous decade), Ken Follett's new
Legendary TV will turn the book into series
book THE EVENING AND THE MORNING, the prequel to the whole series, will be adapted by Legendary TV. 

  EVENING AND THE MORNING takes place in 997 CE, the end of the Dark Ages. England is facing attacks from the Welsh in the west and the Vikings in the east. Those in power bend justice according to their will, regardless of ordinary people and often in conflict with the king. Without a clear rule of law, chaos reigns. In these turbulent times, three characters find their lives intertwined. A young boatbuilder’s life is turned upside down when the only home he’s ever known is raided by Vikings, forcing him and his family to move and start their lives anew in a small hamlet where he does not fit in. A Norman noblewoman marries for love, following her husband across the sea to a new land, but the customs of her husband’s
Follett's books have been sold in more than 170 million copies so far
homeland are shockingly different, and as she begins to realize that everyone around her is engaged in a constant, brutal battle for power, it becomes clear that a single misstep could be catastrophic. A monk dreams of transforming his humble abbey into a center of learning that will be admired throughout Europe. And each in turn comes into dangerous conflict with a clever and ruthless bishop who will do anything to increase his wealth and power.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

MISS SCARLET AND THE DUKE VICTORIAN TV SERIES WITH STUART MARTIN RENEWED FOR SEASON 2 AT PBS! EWAN MCGREGOR, HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN, RUPERT FRIEND, JOEL EDGERTON TO LEAD OBI WAN KENOBI STAR WARS TV SERIES

  MISS SCARLET & THE DUKE 
ARE RETURNING FOR SEASON 2
The first season was a rather big hit for PBS Masterpiece, with more than eight million people tuning in to watch MISS SCARLET AND THE DUKE
A+E has opted out of the production
historical adventure series, and now it has been confirmed that it will return for the second run but without A + E Network who originally launched it. The series will return next year only to PBS. Kate Phillips starred in the six episode series as Eliza Scarlet whose father dies and leaves her penniless so she takes over his business – a private detective agency. To operate in the business better she joins Detective Inspector William Wellington of Scotland Yard, played by our dearest Stuart Martin, who is also known as “The Duke;” drinker, gambler and womaniser. Eliza and The Duke strike up a mismatched, fiery relationship that will crackle and smoulder with sexual tension as they team up to solve crime in the murkiest depths of 1880’s London.

 OBI WAN KENOBI SERIES  
ANNOUNCES DISNEY + CAST
Disney + has announced cast for their new Star Wars TV series OBI WAN KENOBI which will be led by Ewan McGregor, who will now be joined by Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader, Joel Edgerton and Bonnie Piesse as uncle Owen and his wife Beru with whom a baby Luke Skywalker is left after Anakin Skywalker turns to the dark side and becomes
Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Rupert Friend will star
Darth Vader! The cast will also have Rupert Friend, Indira Varma, Simone Kessell and Benny Safdie. The story begins 10 years after the dramatic events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith where Kenobi, played by Ewan McGregor, faced his greatest defeat, the downfall and corruption of his best friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker turned evil Sith Lord Darth Vader. Production starts next month.

Monday, March 29, 2021

PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON THE 19TH CENTURY SPANISH LANGUAGE EPIC TV SERIES BOLIVAR ON THE FAMOUS SOUTH AMERICAN LIBERATOR STREAMING ON NETFLIX

   BOLIVAR EPIC TV SERIES  
MOST AMBITIOUS SERIES IN THE HISTORY OF COLOMBIAN TV
If you have nothing to pass your time with in the covid TV wasteland, here is something that has massive 60 episodes and is streaming on Netflix!
Bolivar is streaming over at Netflix
BOLIVAR is a Colombian Spanish language telenovela following the life of Venezuelan liberator Simón Bolívar. The series stars Luis Gerónimo Abreu as Bolívar as an adult, José Ramón Barreto as Bolívar as a young man, Irene Esser as Bolívar's wife María Teresa del Toro, and Shany Nadan as his lover Manuela Sáenz. Maximiliano Gómez stars as Bolívar as a child. It was released on Netflix worldwide back in 2019, followed by its debut in Colombia on Caracol Televisión. The show is made up of 60 episodes that document the events of Bolívar's life from the age of seven until his death, primarily focusing on his
The series has stunning 60 hourlong episodes!
formation as the liberator of several South American countries and his romantic engagements. However, the cast and crew also describe the show as
The series was a huge hit over in Colombia
an attempt to remove the veil of heroism covering the man and re-humanize him. 

THE STORY OF BOLIVAR BEGINS
with Simón Bolívar as a soldier rousing his comrades who have grown weary in the fight for independence, before flashing back to his wedding day in Spain and again to his childhood. A young Simón enjoys all the luxuries of a criollo life until his mother, then grandfather, die, leaving his future in the hands of a maternal uncle who wants to take the Bolívar fortune as his own. Simón, an
Luis Geronimo Abreau stars as Bolivar in the series
active child, finds it hard to respond to traditional tutelage and is put under the care of a rebel, watching as the Spanish crown punishes dissenters. As he grows into young adulthood, he initially joins the military, but finds more
Bolivar aired on Caracol TV in Colombia
success as a statesman, and travels to Spain to both further his education and seek the title afforded his name. Arriving in Spain, two of his wayward uncles have managed to make waves in society and introduce Simón to a suitable tutor who is well regarded by the crown. It is under his care that Simón meets María Teresa del Toro whom he intends to woo; unfortunately, an entitled Spaniard also wishes to pursue her, and tries to dirty Bolívar's name in the process. Through his charm and wit, Bolívar comes through his time in Spain a more well regarded man and returns to Venezuela; he is without the title he was after, but with María Teresa as his bride. María Teresa immediately takes to helping at the
The series is rich in extremely opulent costumes and sets
haciendas and humanizing the workers and slaves; she is also infinitely loyal to Simón, and purchases back his beloved house slave Matea. In the meantime, a new royal judge is appointed to Venezuela, who is friendly with María Teresa and subsequently to the Bolívar family. Simón's eldest sister,
Large part of the series focuses on Bolivar's marriage
María Antonia, begins falling for him after asking for a loan, at the same time as María Teresa begins falling ill from an insect bite that she has not been exposed to in Spain. When she dies, Simón vows he will live in her spirit and never marry again. In Ecuador, a young Manuela Sáenz gets into trouble at her
Three different actors play Bolivar in different stages of his life
convent. Simón travels to Paris to drown his sorrows; here, he is reunited with his favorite teacher and his friend Fernando del Toro, cousin of the deceased María Teresa. In Venezuela, María Antonia and the judge begin an affair, from which she becomes pregnant, and their greedy uncle dies destitute. Simón is
The series was created and written by Joana Uribe
encouraged to start living rather than drinking and sleeping around by his reunited companions, and ultimately enrages Napoleon's son-in-law enough to have himself firmly barred from the city; he returns to Venezuela to meet with the Caracas junta trying to govern Venezuela and propose a movement to
The filming lasted more than half a year in three different countries
independence. In Quito, Manuela begins to behave in order to be let out of the convent, succeeding and witnessing the 2 August uprising; her father feels she sympathizes with the cause too strongly and sends her to live with a maternal uncle, a priest, not knowing that he craves revolution, too. 
 

Sunday, March 28, 2021

OUTLANDER'S RON MOORE TO TURN COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES INTO AN EPIC SHOW FOR HULU! BLAKE NORTHCOTT'S ARENA MODE SF SAGA TO BECOME SF TV SERIES

 A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES
TO BECOME TV SHOW AT HULU
Although Hulu was first supposed to turn her Throne of Glass into a TV series, and then Constantin Film was supposed to do the same with her
Hulu will turn the novel into TV series
A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES, the later book from Sarah J. Maas will now become a TV series at Hulu produced by Outlander's Ron Moore. The story blends epic romance, adventure, and political intrigue in a tale of a huntress who agrees to travel to a magical realm with a faerie lord in return for her family’s safety, only to fall for him and ultimately fight for that love when an ancient curse threatens to destroy the faerie and human realms. The first book in the series was followed by sequels A Court of Mist and Fury in 2016, A Court of Wings and Ruin in 2017, A Court of Frost and Starlight in 2018 and A Court of Silver Flames earlier this February.

   ARENA MODE SF SAGA   
TO BE TURNED INTO A SHOW
Speaking of new sf adaptations, Blake Northcott's science fiction trilogy ARENA MODE will be turned into a sf show following Matthew Moxon, a young man living in a dystopian future in the year 2041. Moxon discovers he has an aggressive brain tumor and enters a deadly sporting event with the hopes of winning enough money for life-saving surgery. But in Arena Mode, a deathmatch-style tournament where thirteen superhumans fight for a multi-billion dollar prize, he’s the only competitor without a super power. With the odds stacked impossibly against him, Moxon fights to not only survive the wrath of his competitors, but to unlock the mysteries buried within the Arena itself. As Deadline reports, Heavy Metal Entertainment is producing.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

PATRICK SCHWARZENEGGER JOINS CHRIS PRATT, TAYLOR KITSCH IN AMAZON'S THRILLER SERIES TERMINAL LIST! QUEEN MARIE OF ROMANIA PERIOD SET MOVIE TRAILER!

 PATRICK SCHWARZENEGGER 
JOINS CHRIS PRATT & TAYLOR KITSCH IN TERMINAL LIST SERIES
Well, it will certainly be a triple hunkfest indeed as dashing Patrick Schwarzenegger has joined Chris Pratt and Taylor Kitsch in Amazon's conspiracy thriller TV series THE TERMINAL LIST which, based on Jack Carr's novel, also stars Constance Wu, Riley Keough and Jeanne Tripplehorn! It follows James Reece (Pratt) after his entire platoon of Navy
Antoine Fuqua is directing the action thriller TV series
SEALs is ambushed during a high-stakes covert mission. Reece returns home to his family with conflicting memories of the event and questions about his culpability. However, as new evidence comes to light, Reece discovers dark forces working against him, endangering not only his life but the lives of those he loves. Patrick, who is Pratt's real life brother in law, will play the youngest member of his team. 

 QUEEN MARIE OF ROMANIA 
HISTORICAL MOVIE TRAILER
I don't think we've ever had anything from Romania here, but we do strive to cover the epic genre from all the corners of the world, so here's the
The film is airing around Europe on internet
trailer for QUEEN MARIE OF ROMANIA, Romanian historical drama which was released there in 2019 but is now slowly being released in other European countries. The multilingual movie, which features scenes in Romanian, English, German and French, sees Roxana Lupu playing one of Romania's most famous queens, and also the last one ever, who was also a granddaughter of British queen Victoria. Devastated by the First World War and plunged into political controversy, Romania's every hope accompanies its queen on her mission to Paris to lobby for international recognition of its great unification at the 1919 peace talks. Alexis Cahill, who also directed Aidan Turner's Leonardo series, helmed the movie. 
 
  DEZZY'S HISTORY LESSON
After refusing a proposal from her cousin, the future King George V, Marie (the daughter of Prince Albert) was chosen as the future wife of Crown Prince Ferdinand of Romania. During the World War One, she worked as a nurse in
Roxana Lupu plays the lead role in the film
military hospitals in Moldavia where she and her husband took refuge. After the war, on 1 December 1918, the historical region of Transylvania, following Bessarabia and Bukovina, united with the Old Kingdom. Marie, now queen of Greater Romania, attended the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, where she campaigned for international recognition of the enlarged Romania. In 1922, she and Ferdinand were crowned in a specially built cathedral in the ancient city of Alba Iulia, in an elaborate ceremony which mirrored their status as queen and king of a united state. She spent her final years in the countryside, away from court, after her son deposed of his own son and took over the throne from him to become King Carol II.

Friday, March 26, 2021

LUKE MACFARLANE, MICHAEL URIE ARE SINGLE ALL THE WAY IN NEW NETFLIX CHRISTMAS ROMCOM! JESSICA BROWN FINDLAY MOVES INTO A SPOOKY HOUSE IN THE BANISHING PERIOD SET HORROR MOVIE

   SINGLE ALL THE WAY   
TO MATCH LUKE MACFARLANE &  MICHAEL URIE FOR CHRISTMAS
We had quite a lot of nice festive movies last holidays, and the first one to be announced for the next season is SINGLE ALL THE WAY with our dearest Luke MacFarlane and Michael Urie in the leads. In this Netflix movie, desperate to avoid his family’s judgment about his perpetual single
Michael Urie and Luke MacFarlane will lead the cast
status, Peter (Urie) convinces his best friend Nick (Philemon Chambers) to join him for the holidays and pretend that they’re now in a relationship. But when Peter’s mother sets him up on a blind date with her handsome trainer James (MacFarlane), the plan goes awry. Barry Bostwick, Jennifer Coolidge and Kathy Najimy also star.

  THE BANISHING TRAILER  
SAYS SOME HOUSES WERE NEVER MEANT TO BE HOMES!
The Banishing is out tomorrow in UK
If you are more in the mood for some horror, check out the trailer for period set movie THE BANISHING out this weekend in UK (internet, and then April limited theatrical release with April release in Russia), which, directed by Christopher Smith, sees Jessica Brown Findlay, John Heffernan, John Lynch and Sean Harris star in the movie that tells the story of the most haunted house in England. In the 1930s, a young reverend, his wife and daughter move into a manor with a horrifying secret. And as the logo from the spooky posters says, some houses were never meant to be homes! Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!

Thursday, March 25, 2021

CAST REVEAL AND 1ST PHOTOS FROM NEW EPIC TV SHOW ON AUSTRIAN EMPRESS SISI! THE NEVERS VICTORIAN TV SERIES TRAILER WITH JAMES NORTON, TOM RILEY, BEN CHAPLIN, OLIVIA WILLIAMS, ELEANOR TOMLINSON

  SISI EPIC TV SERIES  
CAST & 1ST PHOTOS UNVEILED
A year ago your trusted spy informed you about a new German series on their most famous empress and now we have the first photos from SISI epic
Dominique Davenport is playing Empress Sisi
saga which will air at the end of the year as a collaboration between TVNOW and our favourite Beta Film

  SISI 
 described in three words - desire, power, vulnerability -  takes a look at the life of a young woman who made history as an empress and became a legend as a movie character! It's the love story of two young people, between personal desire and political constraints, between power and vulnerability! Elisabeth of Austria Hungary (played by newcomer Dominique Devenport), named Sisi, who was known as ′′ the most beautiful woman in Europe ′′ and defied the rigid courteous practices and unscrupulous monarch
The series will arrive to the small screens later this year
Franz Joseph I. (embodied in the series by Jannik Schümann), who had to bear the burden of the crown and found an unusual ally in Sisi! There are, by
Jannik Schuman is Franz Joseph emperor of Austria and Hungary
the way, at least three new projects on Sisi currently in production, beside this one, including a movie version Sisi and I with Susanne Wolff.
 
  THE NEVERS TRAILER  
 SEE VICTORIAN SUPERHEROES
The series will first arrive to HBO in April
Sky has, meanwhile, unveiled a longer trailer and poster for their Victorian TV series THE NEVERS which will debut May 17th on Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW.  The six episode second part of the first season will air later this year. 
 
   August, 1896. Victorian London is rocked to its foundations by a supernatural event which gives certain people - mostly women - abnormal abilities, from the wondrous to the disturbing. But no matter their particular “turns,” all who belong to this new underclass are in grave danger. It falls to mysterious, quick fisted widow Amalia True (Laura
Our dear James Norton is a dandy aristocrat in the series
Donnelly) and brilliant young inventor Penance Adair (Ann Skelly) to protect and shelter these gifted “orphans.” To do so, they will have to face the
The ladies will use all kinds of transport in the new series
brutal forces determined to annihilate their kind. Olivia Williams, James Norton, Tom Riley, Eleanor Tomlinson, Nick Frost and Ben Chaplin lead the cast. Check out the trailer below:

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

1ST TEASER IS HERE FOR SKY'S DOMINA ANCIENT ROME SET SERIES WITH KASIA SMUTNIAK, LIAM CUNNINGHAM, MATTHEW MCNULTY, BEN BAT, ISABELLA ROSSELLINI, CLAIRE FORLANI

  DOMINA TEASER IS HERE  
FOR ANCIENT ROME SET SERIES
The fully unexpected surprise last night was the release of the first teaser and photos from new Ancient Rome set series DOMINA which will arrive to
Domina will arrive to Sky and Now TV this May
Sky this May and also on their streamer Now TV. This highly anticipated eight episode series will see Kasia Smutniak playing famous Livia Drussila, the first empress of Rome!
THIS EIGHT PART EPIC DRAMA
is a highly topical story, which follows the life and the extraordinary rise of Livia Drusilla, who overcame adversity to become the most powerful woman
Kasia Smutniak takes the lead role of Livia Drusilla
in the world. The story follows Livia’s journey from a naïve young girl whose world crumbles in the wake of Julius Caesar’s assassination, to Rome’s most
Matthew McNulty is future emperor Gaius in the series
powerful and influential Empress, driven by a deep desire to avenge her father and secure power for her sons. Livia and her peers navigate their way through
Liam Cunningham is Livia's father Livius in the new series
a brutal society by means of strategy, conspiracy, seduction and murder. She will soon discover that seizing power is not enough: you must be able to keep
Isabella Rossellini will guest star as Drusilla's enemy
it when everyone else wants it. This is a visceral and authentic family saga, grounded in historical accuracy and bringing to life the incredible true stories
The series was directed by Claire McCarthy who flopped with Luminaries
of the women who would create one of the most enduring and fascinating dynasties of all time. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think.

 WHO'LL ELSE BOW TO DOMINA?
Kasia Smutniak is playing Livia Drusilla, with the young Livia played by Nadia Parkes. They are  supported by an international stellar cast including Liam Cunningham playing Livius, Livia’s father, and Colette Tchantcho
The new series will air in eight hourlong episodes this May
as Antigone, Livia’s best friend, ex-slave and closest ally. Created and written by Simon Burke, the series also stars Matthew McNulty as the future
The series was created and written by Simon Burke
emperor Gaius, Christine Bottomley as Scribonia, Ben Batt as Agrippa, Enzo Cilenti as Tiberius Claudius Nero, while Claire Forlani plays Claudia Octavia. Isabella Rossellini makes an appearance playing Balbina, an early enemy.
 

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

JACK WOLFE IS PRINCE TAMINO IN MOVIE ADAPTATION OF MOZART'S MAGIC FLUTE WITH IWAN RHEON! FIRST POSTERS FROM MOVIE ADAPTATION OF PUCCINI'S TURANDOT WITH DYLAN SPROUSE

 MAGIC FLUTE REIMAGINATION
FINDS ITS PRINCE TAMINO
Beside the Asian Turandot, there is another opera that is getting its movie version: as Deadline reports, MAGIC FLUTE executive produced by Roland Emmerich has put Jack Wolfe in the role of 17 year old Tim Walker, who is sent from London to the Austrian alps to start his singing
Iwan Rheon and Jack Wolfe will lead the Magic Flute cast
scholarship at the legendary Mozart boarding school. There, he discovers a century old forgotten passageway into the magical world of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Wolfe is also play famous prince Tamino. F. Murray Abraham will play Dr. Longbow, the headmaster of the boarding school in Austria. Stefi Celma will be Papagena with Iwan Rheon as Papageno. Beside Elliot
First photo of Iwan Rheon in costume at the set of Magic Flute
Courtiour, Niamh McCormack, Tedros Teclebrhan, Waldemar Kobus, Jeanne Goursaud, Jasmin Shakeri, Larissa Sirah Herden, Asha Banks and Amir Wilson, the ensemble cast will also include opera stars such as French soprano Sabine Devieilhe, Mexican-French tenor Rolando Villazón and U.S. bass Morris Robinson.

TURANDOT MOVIE ADAPTATION
FIRST POSTERS ARE IN!
Speaking of operas, your trusted spy was the first one to inform you that China was turning Giacomo Puccini's TURANDOT opera into a film starring Guan Xiaotong and Dylan Sprouse and now we have the first
Dylan Sprouse takes the lead role
posters! The movie, which finished shooting under the helm of  Xiaolong Zheng, will also star French stars Sophie Marceau and Vincent Perez alongside Asian stars Hu Jun, Collin Chou and Lin Siyi!

TURANDOT a fantasy romance, follows Princess Turandot (Guan Xiaotong), who is cursed by a mysterious power emanating from three Mazovian bracelets that were given to her as birthday gifts. The life draining effects of the bracelets cause the princess to become cruel, and gradually she loses her humanity. Foreign princes who come to court her must solve three riddles, one for each bracelet, and only then will she be freed
Click to see the posters of Turandot in larger dimensions
from the power of the bracelets. In the event any of the questions is answered incorrectly, the attempted solver would be put to death. One day, Calaf (Dylan Sprouse), an ordinary citizen, risks his life to answer the riddles to save her and inadvertently uncovers his own extraordinary past.

Monday, March 22, 2021

PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON LEONARDO DA VINCI EPIC TV SERIES WITH AIDAN TURNER, JAMES D'ARCY, FREDDIE HIGHMORE WHICH STARTS THIS SPRING ON RAI AND AMAZON PRIME

   LEONARDO TV SERIES   
ARRIVES THIS SPRING
The word around the web is that this one has already been renewed for the second season which is, allegedly, already in production, which means we
Leonardo starts this Tuesday over on Italian RAI
will be enjoying it next year as well (together with the seconds seasons of El Cid and Shadow and Bone and the third of Discovery of Witches). LEONARDO will be the first epic TV series of spring 2021 hitting the small screens in Italy next week, March 23rd with two episodes airing each Tuesday next four weeks on RAI. Italians, for some reason, like to air it like that. This eight part saga will also arrive to Amazon Prime on April 16th! Viewers will learn how the 15th and 16th century master painter grew into an unparalleled genius whose work overturned the established order. His restless curiosity
The eight part series will also air on Amazon Prime in April
flitted between arts, science and technology, driven by a profound quest for knowledge and determined to unfold the mysteries of the world around him. The series attempts to unlock the enigma of this extraordinary man, through
Aidan Turner takes the lead role of Leonardo da Vinci
an untold story of mystery and passion. I cannot say I'm overly excited about this one, Aidan Turner is both physically and as an actor always the same playing always himself (and he already played a famous painter in Desperate
The series was produced by Medici's Frank Spotnitz
Romantics) and the sets and the costumes look like they were taken from Medici series whose producer Frank Spotnitz is also doing this one, but I will certainly give it a go. 

THIS EIGHT PART TV SERIES
will tell the incredible true story of the definitive ‘Renaissance man’. Born the illegitimate son of a notary in the rural town of Vinci, Leonardo’s lonely childhood leaves him with a relentless, near superhuman drive to understand
500 people crew worked at more than 50 locations during the shoot
everything. Under questioning by a Milanese investigator (Freddie Highmore) who holds Leonardo’s life in his hands, we come to see the terrible personal sacrifice that led him to create masterpieces that changed the
More than 2500 costumes were used during the production
way we see the world forever. The series will portray him as a gay outsider who used his work as a way of hiding his true self. Each episode will examine one of da Vinci’s artworks for hidden clues about a tortured artist struggling for
The show will stay true to reality depicting Leonardo as gay
perfection. Freddie Highmore, who is also producing, will play Stefano Giraldi, a fictional police detective who frames the narrative, investigating da Vinci as the suspect in a murder case and digging into his past.
 
IN THE LEONARDO CAST
together with Aidan Turner who plays Leonardo Da Vinci, Giancarlo Giannini is Andrea del Verrocchio, Leonardo’s teacher; Matilda De
Matilda de Angelis takes the lead female role in the series
Angelis is Caterina da Cremona, the mysterious muse and closest friend; Freddie Highmore is Stefano Giraldi, a young investigator of the Podestà
The second season is allegedly already in the works
charged with solving the mystery at the center of the story; Carlos Cuevas is Salaì, Leonardo’s apprentice and trusted friend and James D’Arcy plays the role of Ludovico Sforza known as il Moro! Max Bennett will be evil Cesare Borgia,