“People say I am a genius, that it all came easily to me. The truth is the only way to be a true artist is to work day and night, lose yourself in it completely,” says Antonio Banderas as painter Pablo Picasso in season two of the National Geographic anthology series “Genius.” He adds, “I need to see things in a new way — smash the rules.” Watch the trailer above, and watch the series when it premieres on NatGeo on April 24.
“Genius: Picasso” follows season one of the series, which premiered in spring 2017 and followed the life of physicist Albert Einstein (Geoffrey Rush). It earned 10 Emmy nominations including Best Limited Series and Best Movie/Limited Actor for Rush. Its lead actor also received nominations from the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards. The young Einstein was played by Johnny Flynn, who contended for Best Movie/Limited Supporting Actor at the Critics’ Choice Awards.
Banderas is no stranger to long-form television. He previously appeared as the title character in the HBO telefilm “And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself,” which earned him Emmy and Golden Globe nominations in 2004. The younger Picasso is played by Alex Rich, whose previous credits include roles in “True Detective” and “GLOW.” The series is executive produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer and will tell the story of Picasso’s life and career over 10 episodes, covering his marriages, affairs, and politics.
Will the new series win Emmys in 2018? Watch the trailer above, and let us know in the comments what “Geniuses” National Geographic should profile next.