Around The World In 80 Days: Casting Updates And US Distribution Confirmed

As filming continues on the new David Tennant series Around The World In 80 Days, there comes good news for fans in the USA: the show has been picked up for broadcast by Masterpiece. In addition Peu Communications are backing the series in South Africa, alongside Be-FILMS and RTBF in Belgium. 

The classic adventure saga has already been confirmed for BBC One in the UK, France Télévisions, ZDF in Germany, RAI in Italy, RTS in Switzerland and Seven West Media in Australia. 

David Tennant stars as Phileus Fogg in the eight-part adaptation of the beloved novel by Jules Vernes with rising French star Ibrahim Koma as Fogg's valet Passepartout and The Crown's Leonie Benesch as journalist Abigail Fix. 

One newly announced cast regular is Jason Watkins, recently seen opposite David Tennant in the ITV series Des, who will play Bernard Fortescue, newspaper magnate and father to Abigail Fix. Also joining them will be Peter Sullivan (Poldark), who will play Fogg's friend Nyle Bellamy, with whom he makes the wager that he can circumnavigate the world in eighty days. 

Other guest actors just announced include Lindsay Duncan, Dolly Wells, Richard Wilson, Faical Elkihel, Anthony Flanagan, Gary Beadle and Giovanni Scifoni.

The five-month shoot for Around The World In 80 Days will take place in various locations across Romania and South Africa having recently resumed after a lengthy hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. Steve Barron (The Durrells) is lead director with Charles Beeson (The Mentalist) set to direct a number of episodes. Executive producers are Simon Crawford Collins for Slim Film + Television and Lionel Uzan and Pascal Breton for Federation. The series is being adapted by writers including Ashley Pharoah (Life on Mars) and Caleb Ranson (Child of Mine) and is a Slim Film + Television and Federation co-production with additional co-production partners, Palladium Pictures in South Africa, and Daro Film, associate producer. 

Around The World In 80 Days is expected to reach TV screens in late 2021.