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On April 12, Starz premieres its latest original series, Da Vinci’s Demons, an action-packed (and fictional) look at the life of legendary artist-inventor Leonardo Da Vinci, as played by the dreamy Tom Riley.

While this Da Vinci is younger, more daring and well, more heterosexual, than the genius we’re familiar with, executive producer David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight, 2013′s The Man of Steel) promises he won’t be shying away from queer content:

Da VinciHe tells AfterElton.com:

“It’s a show that is not going to shy away from anything. I think DaVinci historically was a person that was into expressing his beliefs and his opinions. He ruffled a lot of feathers. He was arrested on more than one occasion. He was tried on more than one occasion, also for sodomy.

One of the core themes of the show is, do people have the ability to express themselves in ways that they want to be expressed and not be defined by society?”

Even from the first episode there are clear signs that gay love was blooming in the Renaissance. And while Riley’s character in a dalliance with a woman, Goyer says that doesn’t mean we won’t see him romancing a man later on.

Have we found the show to watch now that Spartacus: War of the Damned is ending? Let’s hope so!

Da Vinci’s Demons premieres April 12 at 10pm on Starz


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