NEW INTERVIEW: David Tennant On Around The World In 80 Days "It's Very Exciting"

David Tennant has been talking about his new epic adventure series, Around The World In 80 Days, in the CANNESERIES Festival magazine to promote the World Premiere Screening which takes place on Sunday 10th October 2021 at the Grand Auditorium Louis Lumiere.

Adapted from the classic Jules Verne novel, the eight-part series stars David Tennant as Phileas Fogg, a 19th Century gentleman and adventurer who, with his valet, Passepartout, played by rising French actor Ibrahim Koma, takes on the legendary journey of circumnavigating the globe in just 80 days following an outrageous bet. They are swiftly joined by aspiring journalist Abigail Fix, played by The Crown’s Leonie Benesch, who seizes the chance to report on this extraordinary story. Other cast members include Jason Watkins, Peter Sullivan, Lindsay Duncan, Dolly Wells, Richard Wilson, Faical Elkihel, Anthony Flanagan, Gary Beadle and Giovanni Scifoni.  

Talking about taking on the role of Fogg David says "I think with any script, you approach it with as open a view as you can. Episode one was very exciting to read and I read it very quickly and wanted to know what happened next. The first episode, which was all I read initially, rattles along and was a real mission statement for what the series is going to be. It's very exciting. The characters are very much Ashley's version of those characters; they're quite different in many ways to Jules Verne's original version".

"In all the sets we were on it boggles my mind to think of the attention of detail and the amount of work that went into the construction before I even turned up."

He also spoke warmly about his co-stars: "Leonie and Ibrahim are magnificent travelling companions both on set and off," he said. "I think they're brilliant and I'm very impressed and thrilled by them. I can't think of two better actors for those roles and the way they really bring them to life. They have both got an amazing spark to them, yet have very different kinds of energies."

The series also marks the first time that David will be working alongisde his eldest son Ty who plays the part of a gang leader in the show. 

"It was a first for us as a family. He's been doing a lot of other exciting things but in this he was playing a bit of a thug. In episode eight he had to try and take Fogg down in a New York warehouse so there were a lot of family dynamics being played out that day! It was a great experience as I've really been looking forward to working with him."

The series is  adapted by writers including Ashley Pharoah and Caleb Ranson 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. It will air on the BBC in the UK, Masterpiece in the USA, France Télévisions, Germany’s ZDF and Italy’s RAI. Seven West Media are also backing the production and are broadcasting the drama in Australia. Around The World In 80 Days will premiere in late 2021.

Watch a trailer below: