Back from two seasons in Helix, Billy Campbell reached Dustin Hoffman and Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) in the cast of Medici: Masters of Florence, drama by Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files) and Nicholas Meyer focused on the well-known family of the Italian Renaissance, coming soon in world premiere on the Italian public channel RAI 1.
The series tells the story of the illustrious family led by Giovanni de Medici (Hoffman), born as the son of a wool merchant and later founder of a powerful bank entrusted to the children Cosimo (Madden) and Lorenzo. With its strategic thinking, Giovanni found a way to circumvent the prohibitions of the Pope, ushering in a new era of financial freedom that led to the expansion of trade in Europe. One of the wealthiest families of the continent and a political dynasty in the 15th century, the Medici disturbed the growing influence of the church and legitimized the masses, eventually giving birth to the Renaissance. An ascent that started against many enemies, who did not stop at nothing to destroy them.
Campbell will act in the role of Bernardo Guadagni, gonfalonier of the Signoria. A staunch supporter of the House of Medici and a friend of Cosimo, Bernardo agreed on the vision for the future of the Medici, and since he was involved in their cause, had to move carefully among the other members of the house and those who opposed the family.
Bernardo Guadagni in Florentine history
In 1433, Bernardo Guadagni was persuaded by Rinaldo Degli Albizi to issue a decision to imprison the “tyrant” Cosimo de Medici, who was soon exiled. After Cosimo’s return from exile, in 1434 the Guadagni, with all the faction hostile to the Medici, were exiled from the city. During this time, the family settled in France, where they lived in Lyon and Paris. Like for any other banned family (the Strozzi, the Alamanni, the Gondi), exile was an opportunity to increase their power and their wealth even further.