At 79, Michael Douglas has embraced a complete transformation for his latest role as Benjamin Franklin in an upcoming Apple TV+ limited series, aptly titled ‘Franklin'. The first glimpse of Douglas in the iconic attire of Franklin, featuring a powdered wig, was recently shared on social media to the delight of fans.
Douglas's wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, joined the fans in expressing her anticipation and excitement for the series. Considering the caliber of the role and the historic importance of the character, it is no wonder that the excitement is palpable.
The series aims to cover the pivotal moments and feats of Benjamin Franklin's life. In addition to this, the narratives set in December 1776 follow Franklin on a secret mission. The audience will watch Franklin as he persuades the French monarchy to financially back America's new democracy, thereby marking a pivotal moment in the Revolutionary War.
Pulitzer Prize Winning Work
The series draws its inspiration from Stacy Schiff's Pulitzer Prize-winning work, “A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America”. In the series, Franklin is shown navigating storms at sea and mingling with French elites. The production was staged in Versailles, France, with the intent to bring an authentic touch to the story.
Teaser and Cast
The series teaser provides a sneak peek of Michael Douglas, clad in period costume, as Franklin. Besides Douglas, the series features a star-studded cast including Noah Jupe, Thibault de Montalembert, Ludivine Sagnier, Eddie Marsan, Assaad Bouab, Jeanne Balibar, and Theodore Pellerin.
With the series ‘Franklin', the aim is not only to spotlight Michael Douglas's incredible acting skills but to shed light on a significant chapter in history. It's an opportunity to revisit the past and understand the intricacies that led to the birth of America.