Antonio Banderas will star in the adaptation of the series “Monster of Florence”

Spanish actor Antonio Banderas poses on the red carpet before presenting the 35th Spanish Goya Film Awards gala in Malaga on March 6, 2021. Image: AFP / Jorge Guerrero

Antonio Banderas has been cast as Italian criminal journalist Mario Spezi in the limited-edition adaptation of the latter’s best-selling crime novel.

The small-screen adaptation of “Monster of Florence: A True Story”, a book co-written by Spezi and Douglas Preston, will be released on Studiocanal, according to Hollywood journalist yesterday June 29.

“The book and the series based on it tell the true story of our search for and identification of the killer and our frightening interview with him,” Preston said.

“In a bizarre twist, Mario and I were drawn into a heart-wrenching vendetta, our phones tapped, followed and threatened by the police, accused of participating in satanic rites – which resulted in Mario’s arrest and on the accusation of being Florence’s monster himself, “he added.

The adaptation of “Monster of Florence” will be a six-part limited series directed by Danish writer-directors Nikolaj Arcel and Anders Thomas Jensen, according to the report. The series will be shot in Florence, Sardinia and Tuscany. Ian biong /ra

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