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Paramount+ Buys ‘Zorro’ Series Starring Jean Dujardin as Diego de la Vega

Paramount+ has boarded “Zorro” (working title), an adventure comedy series starring Jean Dujardin, the Oscar-winning actor of “The Artist,” as the iconic character of Diego de la Vega.

Created by Benjamin Charbit (“Gagarine”) and Noé Debré (“Dheepan”), the anticipated show was bought by Paramount+ for France, the U.K., Italy, Germany and Latin America.

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In the eight-part series, Dujardin stars opposite well-known Italian comedian Salvatore Ficarra, and French actors, including Audrey Dana, André Dussollier, Eric Elmosnino and Grégory Gadebois. The show will premiere on Paramount+ before rolling out on the pubcaster France Télévisions.

The series unfolds in 1821 as Don Diego de la Vega becomes mayor of Los Angeles and has to face off a corrupt businessman, Don Emmanuel.

Marc Dujardin’s Le Collectif 64 and Julien Seul at Bien Sûr Productions are producing the series which is penned by Charbit, Debré and Emmanuel Poulain-Arnaud (“Le Test”). It’s directed by Jean-Baptiste Saurel (“Parallèles”) and Emilie Noblet (“Parlement”). France tv distribution, the commercial arm of the French broadcaster, is handling international sales on the series.

Although Dujardin is working mostly in films, he recently starred in “Alphonse,” a daring comedy series created by Nicolas Bedos for Prime Video in France.

There are several “Zorro” reboots in the pipeline, including a film which will be directed by Jonás Cuarón starring Gael García Bernal, and a series helmed by Javier Quintas which is produced by Secuoya Studios and is being sold around the world by Mediawan Rights.

Paramount+ unveiled yesterday the launch date and pricing for its international AVOD subscription offering, the so-called “Basic (with ads)” plan, in Australia and Canada.

Here’s a look at Jean Dujardin playing Diego de la Vega:

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