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Antonio Banderas, Malaga-native, is to play artist Pablo Picasso in a ten-episode series for National Geographic and Fox 21.

The series, titled Genius, will look at the life of the unique painter who was also born in Malaga. The filming is expected to last 3 days and will take place in locations such as the Church of Santiago (Iglesia de Santiago) where Picasso was baptised; La Malagueta bullring where Picasso was first exposed to bullfighting; his birthplace and the family home in Plaza de la Merced.

It’s unlikely Banderas will be involved in the Malaga filming as it was the childhood home of Picasso. The other locations include Barcelona, Paris and Budapest. Banderas said, “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 Malaga.”

“I am thrilled to work with National Geographic and the rest of the Genius team to tell an authentic story of one of the most innovative painters in the world.”

Genius season 2 is expected to premiere in 2018.