Apple TV+ has unveiled the trailer for ‘Franklin,’ the upcoming, eight-part limited series starring and executive produced by Michael Douglas.

Led by Douglas in the title role of ‘Benjamin Franklin,’ the series will premiere globally on Apple TV+ with the first three episodes on Friday, April 12, followed by one new episode every Friday through May 17, 2024.

Based on Pulitzer Prize winner Stacy Schiff’s book, “A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America,” the series explores the thrilling story of the greatest gamble of Benjamin Franklin’s career. In December 1776, Franklin is world famous for his electrical experiments, but his passion and power are put to the test when – as the fate of American independence hangs in the balance – he embarks on a secret mission to France.

At age 70, without any diplomatic training, Franklin convinced 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 to engineer the Franco-American alliance of 1778 and the peace treaty with Great Britain in 1783.

The eight-year French mission stands as Franklin’s most vital service to his country. Diplomats and historians still regard it as the greatest single tour of duty by an ambassador in our nation’s history, as without French aid, America could not have won the Revolution.

The drama also stars Noah Jupe (“A Quiet Place”) as ‘Temple Franklin,’ Thibault de Montalembert (“Call My Agent!”) as ‘Comte de Vergennes,’ Daniel Mays (“Line of Duty”) as ‘Edward Bancroft,’ Ludivine Sagnier (“Lupin”) as ‘Madame Brillon,’ Eddie Marsan (“Ray Donovan”) as ‘John Adams,’ Assaad Bouab (“Call My Agent!”) as ‘Beaumarchais,’ Jeanne Balibar (“Irma Vep”) as ‘Madame Helvetius’ and Theodore Pellerin (“There’s Someone Inside Your House”) as ‘Marquis de Lafayette.’

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