Poldark star Aidan Turner has landed his next TV role after being cast as Leonardo da Vinci in a drama series about the celebrated artist's life and work.

The Irish actor has bagged the leading role in the eight-episode series which has the working title Leonardo.

According to Deadline, the show will chart da Vinci's achievements in a range of fields.

Leonardo is being brought to life by The X-Files writer and producer Frank Spotnitz and British writer Steve Thompson, with director Daniel Percival behind the lens.

Spotnitz said: "Capturing the character of Leonardo has been one of the most fascinating and exciting challenges of my career. It's hard to fathom that a man this extraordinary could even have existed, let alone the human impulses that drove him to achieve such extraordinary things.

"It’s been enormously rewarding and an absolute joy collaborating with Steve Thompson, Daniel Percival and our partners at Lux Vide and RAI to bring Leonardo to life."

Thompson added: "Leonardo is a captivating genius and it has been a thrill to explore his work and his character. Each of his works has a uniquely fascinating story behind its creation. I am delighted to have collaborated with Frank and our creative team to tell his extraordinary story."

Production on the series is due to get underway later this year.

Dublin native Turner starred as Ross Poldark in five series of the hit BBC drama Poldark, the final season of which aired back in August.

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