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05th Mar 2024

Michael Fassbender set to team-up with George Clooney on hit spy show remake

Stephen Porzio

The series’ producers have said the show will ‘follow in the great tradition’ of Homeland.

Irish actor Michael Fassbender is reportedly in talks to star in The Department, a spy thriller series executive produced by George Clooney.

The Department is a remake of the French show The Bureau, which ran for five seasons between 2015 and 2020 and was a hit with both audiences and critics.

In fact, some have even called it France’s greatest series ever.

The original show centres on the daily life and missions of agents with the country’s external security service – its equivalent of the CIA.

In particular, it focuses on the ‘Bureau of Legends,’ a unit responsible for training and handling deep-cover agents on long-term missions in areas with French interests.

Michael Fassbender set to team-up with George Clooney on hit spy show remake

“Intelligence officer Guillaume Debailly is mysteriously recalled to Paris after spending six years under cover in Syria,” the plot synopsis for The Bureau reads.

“As he tries to re-connect with his daughter, ex-wife and colleagues, Debailly risks everything by resuming contact with his married lover, Nadia, who might have secrets of her own that jeopardise the agent.”

Variety reports that Fassbender is in negotiations to star in the US remake of The Bureau, which is scheduled to start shooting in London this spring.

This is after having been given a straight-to-series order by US network Showtime.

Showtime previously said in a press release that The Department will “follow in the great tradition” of its earlier hit spy series Homeland.

Clooney is also said to be attached to direct at least one episode of the remake.

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