Omar Sy has signed on to play Arsène Lupin in a new French series for Netflix.
The actor, who won worldwide acclaim for his role in The Intouchables, has since appeared in Jurassic World and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Now, he’s heading to Netflix to take on an iconic figure from French literature: the gentleman thief Lupin, a master of disguise.
Produced by Gaumont Television, the Deadline reports the show will be a “contemporary adaptation” of the novels by Maurice LeBlanc, whose first created the character way back in 1905. Since then, the books have been adapted multiple times for screens both big and small. Sy’s casting marks the first time a black actor has played the character.
“I am thrilled to play Arsène Lupin, such a charismatic character in a modern and unique adaptation,” he said in a statement. “Joining Netflix, a service who offers so many diverse and qualitative programmes that I have great joy to discover every time inspires me greatly.”
Gaumont Television’s Isabelle Degeorges will produce the programme, with a release planned for 2020.