Antonio Banderas to play Pablo Picasso

Cape Town – Antonio Banderas is picking up the paint brush as he portrays Spanish painter Pablo Picasso in season 2 of the anthology series Genius (2017-current) on National Geographic (DStv channel 181).

“The life story of Pablo Picasso has long since fascinated me and I have so much respect for this man, who also comes from my birthplace Málaga,” said Banderas. “I am thrilled to work with National Geographic, Ron, and the rest of the Genius team to tell an authentic story of one of the most innovative painters in the world.”

Executive producer Ron Howard says, “Antonio was the natural choice. He, like Picasso, has a no-holds barred approach to life that will add to the geniuneness that we’re looking for. He has such tremendous range as an actor, who I know will bring this brilliant and unconventional artist to life.”

Carolyn Bernstein, Executive Vice President, Head of Global Scripted, National Geographic added, “Not only are they both from Málaga, Spain but, also similar to Picasso, Antonio exudes charisma and passion, and has challenged boundaries with his creative artistry. He checks all the boxes for us and we couldn’t be more pleased to have him lead the series.”

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