Rowan Atkinson is set to star as Georges Simenon’s iconic French detective Jules Maigret in two stand-alone, two-hour telemovies for British network ITV.
First appearing in 1931, Simenon went on to write over 75 Maigret novels which has sold close to a billion books worldwide.
The two films, entitled “Maigret Sets A Trap” and “Maigret’s Dead Man,” are set in 1950s Paris with the first to go into production in September. Stewart Harcourt has written the scripts.
In a statement, Rowan Atkinson says: “I have been a devourer of the Maigret novels for many years and I’m very much looking forward to playing such an intriguing character, at work in Paris during a fascinating period in its history.”