Remake of the internationally successful series on the daily life of a star agency, “Call My Agent!” begins filming in London in the coming days. For the occasion, the British cast and several key elements of the synopsis have been revealed
After a first Quebec adaptation in 2019, Dix per cent, which gained international fame following its release on Netflix, will now be entitled to a British remake: Call My Agent !, produced by Christian Baute (The Man In The High Castle) in collaboration with executive producers Dominique Besnehard, Harold Valentin and Aurélien Larger (Mother Productions / Mon Voisin Productions).
If this remake written by John Morton (Dead Still, W1A) will keep the essence of the original version, the daily life of a star agency in which employees struggle to keep their businesses afloat after the sudden death of their founder, all by having to deal with the whims of their clients, he will introduce new intrigues more specific to the British spirit.
In addition to focusing on transatlantic relations in the showbusiness industry, the remake will also allude to certain British peculiarities, such as the relationship to the social scale. Like the former celebrity agent Dominique Besnehard in France, “John [Morton] met UK agencies, and this adaptation is based on anecdotes he’s heard, as well as books and interviews“, explains Christian Baute to the site Deadline.
While filming the eight episodes of Call My Agent! is about to start in central London until next September, the site has unveiled the first names of the British cast. To resume the role of Camille Cottin (which the Americans are now snapping up because she will appear in the cast of Ridley Scott’s next film, House of Gucci), Lydia Leonard, noticed in the Gentleman Jack series in 2019, will play Alexa, the equivalent of Andréa Martel.
Jack Davenport (Pirates of the Caribbean, Good Morning England) will be Jonathan, a role freely inspired by that of Mathias Barneville played by Thibault de Montalembert in the French version. Around them, Maggie Steed (seen in Chewing gum on Netflix) will be Stella, a potential equivalent of the role of Arlette held by Liliane Rovère; Prasanna Puwanarajah (Patrick Melrose) will be Dan; and finally Harry Trevaldwyn (The King) and Hiftu Quasem (Killing Eve) will play the characters of Ollie and Misha, potential young recruits of the agency.
While the list of British and American stars who will play their own roles in the series have not been revealed, other names have been added to the main cast: Jim Broadbent (London Spy, Game of Thrones), Fola Evans-Akingbola ( Siren), Rebecca Humphries (The Crown), Tim McInnerny (Le Serpent) and the Frenchwoman Eleanor Arnaud, seen in the theater in the series adaptation of the Three Musketeers.