David Tennant to star in new adaptation of Around the World in 80 Days

From Digital Spy

David Tennant has been cast in an upcoming television adaptation of classic novel Around the World in 80 Days.

The Doctor Who actor will star as explorer Phileas Fogg in the new version of the famous story from Slim Film + Television, which will last eight episodes.

Photo credit: PA Images
Photo credit: PA Images

The series will follow Fogg as he takes on the outrageous bet to circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days, accompanied by his valet Passepartout (played by French actor Ibrahim Koma).

The duo will also be joined by Abigail Fix (played by The Crown's Leonie Benesch), an aspiring journalist who seizes the opportunity to report on the story as her chance to make a mark in a man's world and emerge from the shadow of her father.

The series will be written by Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes' Ashley Pharoah and Caleb Ranson (Child of Mine, Heartless).

Executive producer Crawford Collins said: "We are thrilled to have such a talent as David to play this modern take on the iconic role of Phileas Fogg.

"The series is full of adrenaline, heart and of course lots of fun, thanks to Ashley and our talented writing team. Viewers are in for something really special!"

Filming on the series is scheduled to start in February 2020 for transmission at the end of the year.

Last month, it was announced that Tennant will also star as serial killer Dennis Nilsen in ITV's new three-part drama Des.

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