Alan Ball has gone two-for-two on HBO with Six Feet Under and True Blood (OK, one and that single good season of True Blood, y’know, the one with Lizzy Caplan and Stephen Root-for-two), and now Not-TV is ready to work with him again on Virtuoso, a “period drama” co-created by Ball, lowercase piano man Elton John, and John’s husband David Furnish.
Set in 18th century Vienna, the series follows a class of musicians from all across Europe at the prestigious Academy of Musical Excellence.
Peter Macdissi (who worked with Ball on Six Feet Under and True Blood) will star in the pilot…The cast of musical students includes The Imitation Game’s Alex Lawther as Battista; French actor Francois Civil (Rosemary’s Baby) as Isidoro; British actor Nico Mirallegro (BBC’s Upstairs Downstairs) as Franz; Australian actor Lindsay Farris as Heinrich; and actress Iva Babic as Leonid. (Via)
Peter Macdissi, who kind of looks like Lebanese Buster Bluth, is also an executive producer for Banshee, so hopefully Elton can write a killer song about bloody steel hatchets.