David Tennant will play Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days

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David Tennant will performed famed explorer Phileas Fogg in a brand new adaptation of Jules Verne’s 1873 journey novel Around the World in 80 Days.

The Physician Who and Broadchurch star will lead the eight-part collection, following Fogg and his valet Passepartout (Ibrahim Koma) as they try and circumnavigate the globe in simply 80 days, joined by aspiring journalist Abigail Repair (Leonie Benesch).

Ashley Pharoah (Life on Mars) and Caleb Ranson (Heartless) are main a group of writers on the worldwide drama, which is ready to start filming in February 2020 for transmission at the finish of the 12 months.

“We’re thrilled to have such a expertise as David to play this contemporary tackle the iconic position of Phileas Fogg,” mentioned govt producer Simon Crawford Collins. “Larger than the hair-raising bodily challenges of the journey – from the scorching warmth of the desert to skulduggery in Hong Kong and naturally strikes in Paris – will be Fogg’s private journey.

“I’m excited that viewers will even have the pleasure of watching the extraordinary skills of Leonie and Ibrahim in the roles of Repair and Passepartout, as they journey round the world. The collection is filled with adrenaline, coronary heart and naturally a lot of enjoyable, because of Ashley and our gifted writing group. Viewers are in for one thing actually particular!”

The Scottish star was just lately named the UK’s hardest working actor in a survey carried out by streaming service BritBox along with his former Broadchurch co-star Olivia Colman the highest ranked actress on the record.

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