Netflix FIRST LOOK: The Dig + Lupin (French series) – coming in January

We have twenty four days left in December and yet I’m already looking to January. Yes I know we still have a few things to look forward to in December, namely Wonder Woman and The Midnight Sky (directed by & starring George Clooney), but seeing these two trailer this past week got me excited to jump to what’s normally considered the dump season for movie releases.

THE DIG

It’s been a while since I saw Carey Mulligan in anything, and she’ll have two movies back to back. Her revenge thriller Promising Young Woman is going to be released in theaters on Christmas Day, and this historical drama will be released on Netflix on January 29, 2021.

As WWII looms, a wealthy widow (Carey Mulligan) hires an amateur archaeologist (Ralph Fiennes) to excavate the burial mounds on her estate. When they make a historic discovery, the echoes of Britain’s past resonate in the face of its uncertain future‎.

Per IMDb, THE DIG reimagines the events of the 1939 excavation of Sutton Hoo near Woodbridge, in Suffolk, England. It is the site of two early medieval cemeteries that date from the 6th to 7th centuries. One cemetery had an undisturbed ship burial with a wealth of Anglo-Saxon artifacts. Most of these objects are now held by the British Museum.

I LOVE the cast and those who know me knows this is SO my kind of movie. I love movies set in Britain and the fact that it’s based on a true story makes it even more intriguing. I’m not familiar with the director Simon Stone‘s work, but I have enjoyed the screenwriter Moira Buffini‘s work (Byzantium, Jane Eyre, Viceroy’s House). The pairing of Mulligan and Fiennes is a huge appeal for me, both are such terrific actors. Originally Nicole Kidman was going to play Edith Pretty, the woman on whose land they discovered the ship burial, but I’m glad Mulligan was cast instead. Lily James (who seems to be in a lot of Netflix movies lately), plus the suddenly-everywhere Johnny Flynn are in this.


LUPIN

I love a fun heist flick and this one is a contemporary retelling of the classic French story about Arsène Lupin, a gentleman thief and master of disguise.

TV series based on the early 20th century French detective novels by Maurice Leblanc about a gentleman thief named Arsene Lupin.

 

I love Omar Sy in The Intouchables, glad to see him in a leading role in what promises to be a lot of fun action set in the City of Light. Here he plays Assane Diop which is inspired by the fictitious gentleman thief Arsène Lupin created in 1905 by French writer Maurice Leblanc. He’s looking pretty cool and suave, like a French Idris Elba–mais oui! The first trailer I saw was a dubbed version and I’m REALLY hoping Netflix would air the original French version with subtitles (we can read Netflix, come on!!) There’s nothing more annoying than watching dubbed movies/series, I mean, you lost a lot of the language nuances of the original.

In any case, the show’s creator is George Kay, who’s written for a bunch of terrific UK shows such as The Hour, The Tunnel, Killing Eve, Criminal, etc. The character itself is popular in Japanese Manga called Arsène Lupin III which is the grandson of Leblanc’s fictitious creation.

The rest of the French cast include Hervé PierreNicole GarciaClotilde HesmeLudivine SagnierAntoine GouyShirine Boutella and Soufiane Guerrab. The director of the first episode is Louis Leterrier, which some cinephiles might remember for directing The Transporter and The Incredible Hulk.

Given the lockdown is likely to continue indefinitely until we get those Covid vaccines that prevent us from traveling the world, I’m going to live vicariously through movies/series set in European cities. I know I’ll be craving to go to Paris even more after watching this one.

LUPIN will premiere on January 8 on Netflix.


Can’t wait for these two! What about you?

16 thoughts on “Netflix FIRST LOOK: The Dig + Lupin (French series) – coming in January

  1. I can’t wait to see THE MIDNIGHT SKY, I loved the book and from the trailer, Clooney really captured the look and feel of the book. I just wish there’s no COVID so I can see it on the big screen. But my mini home theater will suffice for now. Ha ha!

    LUPIN looks like fun, I’ll definitely give a watch. I’m actually scheduled to be in Paris for a work trip in July, assuming things improve and we can all travel the world again of course. Fingers crossed that the vaccine works, I never been to Paris so I’m super excited.

    1. Now I’m even more curious to see Midnight Sky, haven’t seen Clooney in anything in a while.

      Wow that’s awesome that you’re scheduled to go to Paris in July, hope things have improved by then Ted. LUPIN will make me want to return there, it looks visually gorgeous!

      1. I think Clooney has been enjoying his billions from selling his Tequila company a few years ago and that’s why he’s been out of the lime light for a while. He doesn’t have to make any more movies if he doesn’t want to for the rest of his life. Ha ha! When I read the book, I pictured Harrison Ford in the role but when they announced Clooney was directing and starring in the film version, I thought he’d fit the part too.

    1. Hey Steven, I actually posted the French trailer w/ English subs. The one on Netflix is the one that’s dubbed, but I hope there’ll be an option to watch it in its original language, just like The Life Ahead which is in Italian.

    1. Hey Keith, hope all is well. I found the original French trailer w/ English subs, so that’s what I embedded here. I know you love Paris so this show sounds like it’s worth watching even for the scenery. I like heist flicks too, so a heist series in Paris is definitely something I’d watch 🙂

        1. Yes!!! Thank goodness for streaming services right, though of course I’d love to see films on the big screen again. Netflix has a bunch of new original movies coming that I’m super excited about, stay tuned for my post of those 😃

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