David Tennant will star in new TV adaptation of ‘Around the World in 80 Days’

A television series based on Around the World in Eighty Days is on the way.

Written by French writer Jules Verne, the original book was first published in 1873.

The classic adventure novel tells the story of Phileas Fogg from London and his French valet Passepartout as they attempt to circumnavigate the world in 80 days on a £20,000 wager.

The new TV adaptation is a France Télévisions co-production.

Filming will reportedly begin in January 2020, presumably around the world, and the series is expected to air later next year.

Scottish actor David Tennant is set to lead the cast as Phileas Fogg.

The 48-year-old former Doctor Who star is currently appearing in the new adaptation of Good Omens, available on Amazon Prime.

Tennant will be joined by French comedian Ahmed Sylla (The Climb), who’ll be playing Passepartout.

Around the World in Eighty Days was most recently adapted as a Disney movie in 2004, starring Jackie Chan as Passepartout and Steve Coogan as Fogg.

Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days novel is available on Amazon.