National Geographic Casts Young Pablo Picasso For Anthology Series

A second season of NatGeo (the National Geographic channel) series Genius will focus on celebrated artist and master painter Pablo Picasso. Today, NatGeo announced that Alex Rich (Glow, True Detective) will be playing the passionate Spaniard, along with Antonio Banderas. This means we'll get younger and older Pablo Picasso, with Rich and Banderas respectively.

The network had some serious success with their Albert Einstein-centric first season, garnering both wide critical and audience acclaim celebrating the show and star Geoffrey Rush's performance. So of course a second season is on the horizon.

Clémence Poésy (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, In Bruges) will play Francoise Gilot, a French painter and best-selling author whose decade-long affair with Picasso yielded two children. Robert Sheehan (Fortitude, Misfits) plays Carlos Casagemas, a Spanish art student and poet who was one of Picasso's closest friends. Poppy Delevingne (Kingsman: The Golden Circle, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword) portrays Marie-Thérèse Walter, a lover and muse of Picasso, who mothered his first daughter. Aisling Franciosi (Game of Thrones, The Fall) is Fernande Olivier, a French artist and model, and Sebastian Roche (Young Pope, The Man in the High Castle) will portray Emile Gilot, Francoise's father.

The newcomers join returning cast members from season one of Genius, including Samantha Colley (The Crucible) as Dora Maar, a French photographer and painter who was also Picasso's lover and muse; T.R. Knight (Grey's Anatomy, The Catch) as Max Jacob, one of Picasso's first friends in Paris; Seth Gabel (Salem) as Guillaume Apollinaire, one of the foremost poets of the 20th century and a frequent collaborator with Picasso; and Johnny Flynn (Lovesick), as French actor Alain Cuny.

Production begins this month, various European cities being the backdrop for the 10-episode series. Genius Season 2 is due to air sometime in 2018 from Fox 21 Television Studios.

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