Los Angeles: After making people laugh with his popular character Mr. Bean, actor Rowan Atkinson will next play the fictional French detective Jules Maigret in the TV adaptation of Georges Simenon`s novel.
The two part TV film will be produced by Ealing Studios and Maigret Productions, reports hollywoodreporter.com.
Set in the 1950s in Paris, the first of the two-hour long films will be "Maigret Sets A Trap", followed by "Maigret`s Dead Man".
"I have been a devourer of the Maigret novels for many years, and I`m very much looking forward to playing such an intriguing character, at work in Paris during a fascinating period in its history," Atkinson said.
The film will go on the floor in September.