NEW PROJECT: French TV Mag Reveals David Tennant To Star In Around The World In 80 Days

The French press report today that David Tennant will take the lead in a new international production of the classic Jules Verne novel Around The World In 80 Days. The news was revealed by Le Figaro's TV Magazine earlier today. 

The eight-part adaptation of the 19th Century classic will be co-produced by London's Slim Film and Television and Paris-based Federation Entertainment and backed and distributed by France Télévisions, Germany's ZDF, Italy's RAI (the European Alliance) and Australia’s Seven West Media. David Tennant will take on the seminal role of Phileas Fogg, alongside  French star Ahmed Sylla (The Climb) as Fogg's butler Passepartout, who takes on the adventure of a lifetime. The casting for the role of newspaper reporter Abigail Fix, who joins the wager-led journey she devised in an attempt to make her mark in a man’s world and to emerge from the long shadow of her father is yet to be announced.

The series has been written by Ashley Pharoah (Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes), Caleb Ranson (Child of Mine, Heartless), Debbie O’Malley (Harlots, Humans), Peter McKenna (Red Rock, The Musketeers), Stephen Greenhorn (Doctor Who, Sunshine on Leith) and Claire Downs, Ian Jarvis and Stuart Lane (The Job Lot, In the Long Run). Film, television and legendary music video director Steve Barron (The Durrells) will be lead director. It has been commissioned by Médéric Albouy for France Télévisions.  Executive producers are Simon Crawford Collins for Slim Film + Television and Lionel Uzan and Pascal Breton for Federation.

Around the World in Eighty Days is a landmark English language production and will film across the globe for broadcast in 2020.