Even though it has been around since 2015, France's critically acclaimed Call My Agent! only recently became the global sensation it is today, thanks in most part to Netflix making the show accessible to a wider audience. While the wit and tone of the dramedy-slash-satire is undeniably French, the premise is universally imitable, and it was only a matter of time before countries around the world caught on to the winning formula of Call My Agent! For the uninitiated, the show, which will return for a fifth season and a movie, centers around a group of elite talent agents who manage the careers and hilarious foibles of their A-list clientele, who are portrayed by real-life stars playing exaggerated versions of themselves (Monica Bellucci, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jean Reno, Joeystarr, etc).
The UK is first to jump on the adaptation bandwagon. Production has already begun for the British version of Call My Agent! (or Dix pour cent in France) and the respective casting counterparts for Andréa, Gabriel, Mathias, and the rest of ASK Agency's ambitious crew were announced last week. Per Deadline, Lydia Leonard, the Tony-nominated actress most recently seen in Gentleman Jack, will star as Rebecca, a role loosely based on Camille Cottin's sharp-tongued and feisty Andréa Martel. Jack Davenport (The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Morning Show) will be a Mathias Barneville-type named Jonathan. Additional cast members include Tim McInnerny (The Serpent), Maggie Steed (Chewing Gum), Jim Broadbent (Moulin Rouge!, The Iron Lady), and Prasanna Puwanarajah (Patrick Melrose). As for the A-list cameos from British celebrities, names haven't yet been released.
"Sometimes people think comedies don’t travel well but when there’s the right mix of comedy and drama and a strong story they absolutely can travel," executive producer Christian Baute told Deadline. "The appeal of the show comes a lot from its very flawed characters who band together as a community to get things done against the odds. The show ultimately expresses humanity in a very sweet way.”
While the inspiration may be French, the sensibility will be entirely British. Could an American adaptation be far behind?
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