First Image Release Of David Tennant, Ibrahim Koma & Leonie Benesch In New ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ TV Adaptation

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16 Sep 20
Photographer: Joe Alblas / Design by TEA Entertain | © Slim 80 Days / Federation Entertainment / Peu Communications / ZDF / Be-Films (RTBF) - 2021

Photographer: Joe Alblas / Design by TEA Entertain | © Slim 80 Days / Federation Entertainment / Peu Communications / ZDF / Be-Films (RTBF) – 2021

The first image of the David Tennant as Phileas Fogg, alongside co-stars Ibrahim Koma & Leonie Benesch, in the new tv adaptation of Around the World in 80 Days was revealed today at Festival de la Fiction de la Rochelle in Paris.

Following an outrageous bet, Fogg and his valet, Passepartout, take on the legendary journey of circumnavigating the globe in just 80 days, swiftly joined by aspiring journalist Abigail Fix, who seizes the chance to report on this extraordinary story.

Joining Tennant is rising French star, Ibrahim Koma (‘Je Suis Daddy’, ‘Mother is Wrong’), who takes on the role of the mercurial Passepartout; an irrepressible chancer who falls into the role of Fogg’s ‘valet’, little knowing it will change his life forever; and Leonie Benesch (‘The Crown’, ‘White Ribbon’) playing Abigail Fix, the young journalist determined to make her mark in a man’s world and emerge from the long shadow of her British establishment father.

The series is written by Ashley Pharoah (‘Life on Mars’, ‘Ashes to Ashes’, ‘The Living and the Dead’) and Caleb Ranson (‘Child of Mine’, ‘Heartless’). Film, television and music video director Steve Barron (‘The Durrells’, ‘Treasure Island’, ‘Dreamkeeper’) will be lead director with Charles Beeson (‘The Mentalist’, ‘Supernatural’) 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. The series will be broadcast on France Télévisions, Germany’s ZDF and Italy’s RAI, with Seven West Media broadcasting the drama in Australia, and the BBC in the UK.

Around the World in 80 Days‘ is an 8-episode series, and will premiere in 2021.