Antonio Banderas to play Pablo Picasso within the subsequent season of Genius 

(Photograph: Getty Pictures/AFP, CHARLY TRIBALLEAU)

The primary season of Nationwide Geographic’s Genius revolved across the lifetime of Albert Einstein (performed by Geoffrey Rush), however its second season will likely be moving into a extra creative path by telling the story of Pablo Picasso. NatGeo teased the brand new season earlier this summer time, and now Deadline is reporting that Antonio Banderas has been forged as Picasso himself. In a press release, Banderas stated that he has all the time been fascinated by the lifetime of Picasso, as each of them come from the Málaga space in Spain. In a separate assertion, Genius govt producer Ron Howard stated that Banderas was “the pure alternative” to play Picasso as a result of he has a “no-holds-barred lifestyle” and sufficient vary to “carry this sensible and unconventional artist to life.”

The primary season of Genius was an enormous hit with Emmy voters, setting a NatGeo file with 10 nominations. It was additionally the best-performing new collection within the historical past of the community, with over 45 million individuals tuning in to take a look at Geoffrey Rush as Einstein.

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