One of the greatest living actors, Michael Douglas, finds himself in an incredibly busy stretch. With an award-winning role in the acclaimed Netflix series The Kominsky Method and repeat appearances as Hank Pym in the MCU, Douglas continues to shine. Next, as first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, the actor will team with Apple TV+ for a new series about an American Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin.
Per the initial report, the Oscar winner will portray the historical figure in the currently untitled series. Emmy winner Kirk Ellis is penning the show’s script with Tim Van Patten (The Sopranos) on board to direct. Apple Studios will co-produce the series alongside ITV Studios America.
Based on Pulitzer Prize winner Stacy Schiff’s book, A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, the series will reportedly follow Benjamin Franklin during his diplomatic journey to France during the American Revolution. The polymath Franklin is an original signer of the United States Declaration of Independence. He also served as the first United States postmaster general. Notably, his contributions to the discovery of electricity set him apart as one of the greatest inventors in history.
Michael Douglas touts two Academy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, the Cecil B. DeMille Award over his near-60 year career. Additionally, thanks to his roles in classic films like Fatal Attraction and Wall Street, the actor’s legacy stands the test of time. He will next reprise his role as Hank Pym alongside Paul Rudd and Jonathan Majors in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
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