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First Look: Michael Douglas as Benjamin Franklin for Apple TV+

Apple TV+ today shared a first-look image of Academy, Emmy and AFI Lifetime Achievement Award-winner Michael Douglas as the lead role of ‘Benjamin Franklin,’ for the untitled, upcoming Apple TV+ limited event series.


The Apple TV+ limited event series is from Emmy and WGA Award-winning writer Kirk Ellis (“”) and Emmy and DGA Award-winning director Tim Van Patten. Based on the book “A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America” by Pulitzer Prize winner Stacy Schiff.
  • In addition to Douglas as the lead role of ‘Benjamin Franklin,’ the cast also includes:

  • Noah Jupe (“Honey Boy,” “A Quiet Place”) as ‘Temple Franklin.’

  • Ludivine Sagnier (“Lupin”) as ‘Madame Brillon.’

  • Thibault de Montalembert (“Call My Agent!,” “The Tunnel”) as ‘Vergennes.’

  • BAFTA Award-nominee Daniel Mays (“Des,” “Rogue One,” “Line of Duty”) as ‘Edward Bancroft.’

  • Assaad Bouab (“Call My Agent!,” “The Pursuit of Love”, “Bad Sisters”) as ‘Beacumarchais.’

  • Eddie Marsan (“Ray Donovan”) as ‘John Adams.”

  • Jeanne Balibar (“Irma Vep,” “Cold War”) as ‘Helvetius.’

  • Theodore Pellerin (“There’s Someone Inside Your House,” “On Becoming a God in Central Florida”) as ‘Lafayette.’


The limited event series is a co-production between ITV Studios America and Apple Studios and is written and executive produced by Kirk Ellis, and directed by Tim Van Patten, who will serve as executive producer alongside Michael Douglas, Richard Plepler through EDEN productions, and Tony Krantz through Flame Ventures. Philippe Maigret, Mark Mostyn and Howard Korder also serve as executive producers. Stacy Schiff serves as co-executive producer.

The eight-episode drama explores the thrilling story of one of the greatest gambles of Benjamin Franklin’s career. At age 70, without any diplomatic training, Franklin convinced France - an absolute monarchy - to underwrite America’s experiment in democracy. By virtue of his fame, charisma, and ingenuity, Franklin outmaneuvered British spies, French informers, and hostile colleagues, all while engineering the Franco-American alliance of 1778 and the final peace with England of l783. The eight-year French mission stands as Franklin’s most vital service to his country, without which America would not have won the Revolution.

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