Apple TV+ recently released the first official image of Michael Douglas (“The Kominsky Method,” “Ant-Man”) as Benjamin Franklin, one of America’s founding fathers, in his new original miniseries .
Still without an official title, the story follows Franklin on a diplomatic mission to France during the American Revolution.
At 70 and without any training, he convinced the French absolute monarchy to subscribe to the American experience of democracy. Through his fame, charisma, and ingenuity, Franklin dodged British spies, French informers, and hostile colleagues, while engineering the Franco-American alliance of 1778 and the final peace with England in 1783. Without his work with France, the United States would not have won the War of Independence.
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The production will be adapted from the non-fiction novel “A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America” by Stacy Schiff.
Kirk Ellis (“John Adams”) is in charge of the script, while Tim Van Patten (“The Sopranos”, “Boardwalk Empire”) is in charge of the episodes. The two are also joining as executive producers alongside Douglas.
The cast also includes Noah Jupe (Temple Franklin), Ludivine Sagnier (Madame Brilon), Thibault de Montalembert (Vergennes), Daniel Mays (Edward Bancroft), Assaad Bouab (Beacumarchais), Eddie Marsan (John Adams), Jeanne Balibar (Helvetius) and Théofore Pellerin (Lafayette).
Recalling that the actor will also reprise his role as Hank Pym in the already confirmed “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania”, which will be released in theaters in 2023.
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