As much as Capaldi/da Vinci/History Channel is a bit of a nerd trifecta, I think we all are probably asking the same question – Capaldi as da Vinci? You don’t need to know anything about history to be able to tell that a guy named Leonardo da Vinci is Italian, and Capaldi is…well, if there’s a European culture more opposite than the Italians, the Scots are most assuredly in the running. Also da Vinci had a beard, and the above image is an actual promo still from the movie, entitled Inside the Mind of Leonardo and set for theatrical release in October.
I can’t wait for the scene where he calls Mona Lisa a “facking cant” or tells Michelangelo to shut it. Although if da Vinci actually was the Doctor, it sure would explain all those crazy codes Tom Hanks keeps finding.
Press release follows…
INSIDE THE MIND OF LEONARDO is based on the artist’s private journals dating from the Italian Renaissance. With more than 6,000 pages of handwritten notes and drawings, da Vinci’s private journals are the most comprehensive documents that chronicle the work of the world’s most renowned inventor, philosopher, painter, and genius. Never before has access been granted to capture these works in 3D HD format.
Using this precious collection of writings and drawings to recount da Vinci’s story in his own words, the film re-creates the mindscape and ideas of mankind’s greatest polymath.
In a powerful haunting performance, actor Peter Capaldi portrays Leonardo, dramatically narrating passages and monologues from his journals. Capaldi captures the passion of Leonardo’s genius, his understand of the workings of the natural world, his insights on art and life and his inner fears and torments. From the epic to the ordinary, INSIDE THE MIND OF LEONARDO explores how Leonardo experienced the world around him. In turn, the film changes the way we see the world today.