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Antonio Banderas becomes Picasso

Antonio Banderas (second left) discussing Picasso in London this week.
Antonio Banderas (second left) discussing Picasso in London this week. / Twitter Antonio Banderas
  • Genius: Picasso is the official title of the National Geographic production which begins filming in Malaga at the end of October. The actor has shaved his head, part of his transformation for his role in the series

Despite filming starting in a few days' time, scarce information has been revealed to the public about Genius: Picasso, a series about the life of Pablo Picasso produced by National Geographic and Fox.

During an event to launch the series in London this week, Antonio Banderas, who will be playing the legendary painter from Malaga, appeared for the first time with a shaved head, a look he has acquired in preparation for the role.

The producers confirmed that the ten-episode series will be released in spring 2018. Scenes will be shot in Malaga from Monday 30 October.

These will be seen in the first episode of the series, which will cover the very early life of the artist. Locations such as his childhood home in the Plaza de la Merced, the Santiago church where he was baptised, Calle San Agustín where he went to infant school, and the Malagueta bullring are going to feature in the biopic.

Although Banderas will not be onscreen during these scenes, the Malaga-born star will film sequences on the beach which will be used as a set for the French Côte d'Azur, where the adult Picasso visited.

“I have always been fascinated by Picasso's life,” Banderas confessed when he was announced as the lead actor in the production.

This is not the first time that the actor has gone bald for a role, he shaved his head for the sci-fi film Automota three years ago.

Antonio Banderas will also be playing Pablo Picasso in Carlos Saura's film 33 Days, which will begin filming at the end of 2018.