Bernabei continued: “We were searching for an intense-looking actor; we were looking for something that wouldn’t stop… so he was really good at expressing this.”
He added: “Leonardo belongs to the world and I am so pleased Aiden Turner, a marvellous actor, chose to make this project. He became lost in Italy in order to play this part.”
Turner’s time filming the series was disrupted, however, due to the coronavirus pandemic, which resulted in half of the series having to be shot inside Lux Vide’s studio, one of the largest in Europe.
Shooting resumed quickly, with the series adapting to the new coronavirus restrictions in order to complete the series.