Rowan Atkinson, the British actor known for his role as Mr. Bean, has arrived in Hungary to play the fictional French detective Maigret in a major two-part television adaptation of French writer Georges Simenon’s Maigret novels, commissioned by the British broadcaster ITV. The episodes are to be produced by UK-based Ealing Studios and Maigret Productions.
Maigret Sets a Trap, adapted from Maigret Tend Un Piège, and Maigret’s Dead Man, from Maigret Et Son Mort, are set in 1950s, with Mr. Atkinson playing the legendary and laconic detective with the trademark pipe. Both movies are planned to be whole-night films 120 minutes in length.
The role was confirmed by the actor himself in March, who added that he has long been waiting to play “the greatest French detective of his day”, as the fictional character has been described. Upon arriving to Budapest on Saturday on board a regular British Airways flight, the 60-year-old actor told journalists that it is the first time he has visited Hungary.