Netflix has announced that Part 2 of its smash hit French series Lupin will arrive later this year, after the mystery show became the streaming service’s biggest French international hit to date. It also revealed that Lupin, often described as a “contemporary rereading” of the Gentleman Thief, is on track to reach a whopping 70 million households in its first month of release, putting it close to its big budget fantasy series The Witcher in terms of eyeballs on screens.
Indeed, Lupin Part 1 has smashed expectations so far, trending in Netflix’s Top Ten globally and reaching number one in France, Brazil, Vietnam, Argentina, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland, the Netherlands, the Philippines and Sweden.
The series stars Omar Sy (Jurassic World) as Assane Diop. As a teen, Assane’s life changes dramatically after his father is accused of a crime he didn’t commit and dies. Part 1 follows Assane 25 years later when he is inspired use a book given to him by his father on “Arsène Lupin, Gentleman Burglar” to avenge his death.
Sy was already familiar with the character of Arsène Lupin before he came aboard the show.
“Honestly, it was just something you had to know, a part of culture,” he told The New York Times. “Later on, I connected the dots between the books, the TV shows I saw as a kid, and some mangas. I became totally addicted by working on Lupin.”
He added “Lupin was a keen observer of society and we wanted Assane to be the same. He doesn’t need much to disguise himself: He joins the type of people who don’t get noticed, and he disappears.”
Sy stars alongside Hervé Pierre (de la Comédie Française), Nicole Garcia (Who You Think I Am), Clotilde Hesme (Chocolat), Ludivine Sagnier (The New Pope), Antoine Gouy (Budapest), Shirine Boutella (Papicha) and Soufiane Guerrab (School Life) in Lupin. The show hails from the mind of Killing Eve‘s George Kay and François Uzan (Family Business).
“George Kay came in with an idea we all loved,” explained Lupin director Louis Leterrier. “We wanted to see Omar in all his humanity and his experience with the myth, rather than call him Arsène Lupin and do something that had already been done.”
The series is produced Gaumont Télévision, often referred to as “the oldest film company in the world.” The company is also behind other Netflix hits such as The Barbarians, Narcos and F is for Family, as well as Sky’s Tin Star.
We’ll be looking out for an exact release date for Lupin Part 2!
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