Big-budget drama series on the artist's early life brings a taste of Hollywood and a TV production boom to Wales
From the outside it is a grim, grey, former car factory on the outskirts of Swansea. Inside, thanks to a little Hollywood-style magic, it is 15th-century Florence, with great halls and vast courtyards, rich colours and intricate patterns.
The hum of activity in the cavernous interior – workshops creating reproduction weapons, a gaggle of extras performing before a huge green screen – comes courtesy of Us cable channel Starz, which is bringing its $20m (£13m) historical fantasy Da Vinci's Demons to Us and UK screens next month.
Da Vinci's Demons has Hollywood pedigree. Created by David Goyer, co-writer of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy and forthcoming Superman movie Man of Steel, it has been made by Adjacent Productions, part of BBC Worldwide America.
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