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First footage of Franklin series from Apple+ released: 79-year-old Michael Douglas is unrecognizable

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The first footage of the Franklin series starring Michael Douglas has been released online

The 79-year-old American actor Michael Douglas is hardly recognizable in new photos. The star has undergone an incredible transformation for his new role, where he will embody one of the greatest figures in American history, Benjamin Franklin.

The look of the actor in character was posted on Instagram, delighting both fans and Douglas's family, including his wife, 54-year-old Catherine Zeta-Jones. "Can't wait!" she wrote.

First footage of Franklin series from Apple+ released: 79-year-old Michael Douglas is unrecognizable

Douglas appeared in front of the camera wearing a wig and iconic Franklin clothes, including the signature hat and trench coat. The photos offer viewers an exclusive look at the upcoming Apple TV+ series Franklin.

First footage of Franklin series from Apple+ released: 79-year-old Michael Douglas is unrecognizable

The series will tell the story of the key moments and daring exploits of Benjamin Franklin, played by Douglas, who at the age of 79 brings a wealth of experience to the challenging role. The first image depicts Franklin traveling through a stormy sea and merging with the French elite with his grandson Temple Franklin.

First footage of Franklin series from Apple+ released: 79-year-old Michael Douglas is unrecognizable

The plot is based on the book A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, which tells the story of a political figure in a critical period of history. Set in December 1776, the series follows Franklin as he travels to France for a covert operation.

First footage of Franklin series from Apple+ released: 79-year-old Michael Douglas is unrecognizable

Despite his lack of formal diplomatic training, Franklin's fame, wit, and charm were instrumental in convincing the French monarchy to financially support the newborn American democracy. According to available information, Franklin will be released on Apple TV+ on April 12.

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