The first look at David Tennant and his Around The World In 80 Days co-stars Ibrahim Koma and Leonie Benesch has been released ahead of filming resuming on the epic drama series next month.
The series is being adapted by writers including Ashley Pharoah (Life on Mars) and Caleb Ranson (Child of Mine). Filming in South Africa was paused in March due to the Coronavirus crisis. A late 2021 transmission is now expected due to the delays.
David leads the cast as he takes on the role of Phileas Fogg. He has revealed that one episode of the eight part series is complete and that they were half way through another when the filming was stopped. Romania, France and Italy are among the scheduled locations of its episodically-planned shoot.
Following an outrageous bet, Fogg and his valet, Passepartout, played by rising French actor Ibrahim Koma, take on the legendary journey of circumnavigating the globe in just 80 days, swiftly joined by aspiring journalist Abigail Fix, played by The Crown’s Leonie Benesch, who seizes the chance to report on this extraordinary story.
Steve Barron (The Durrells) will be lead director with Charles Beeson (The Mentalist) also lined up to direct a number of episodes. 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 Slim Film + Television and Federation co-production with additional co-production partners, Palladium Pictures in South Africa, and Daro Film, associate producer. It will air on France Télévisions, Germany’s ZDF and Italy’s RAI. Seven West Media are also backing the production and are broadcasting the drama in Australia. Federation Entertainment will handle distribution rights to the series, which will air on the BBC in the UK.