The life of Assane Diop (played by Omar Sy) was turned upside down as a teenager when his father died after being accused of a crime he didn’t commit. Now, 25 years later, Assane tries to avenge his father, using the character of the famous gentleman burglar Arsène Lupin as his inspiration.
Created and made famous by author Maurice Leblanc in 1907, Arsène Lupin is the greatest thief and a master of disguise. The opposite of Sherlock Holmes yet just as mysterious, Lupin has an actual fandom and the Netflix series, while set in today’s France, is a contemporary homage to a literature classic.
Omar Sy’s witty character baffles the audience while taking us around Paris and its monuments. His epic pursuits start with a tour into the famous Museum of Louvre with the well-known Mona Lisa but also Marie-Antoinette's legendary necklace that went missing in the 18th century and has since been the topic of many fictional stories.
The film crew has also been hosted in Normandy for a shooting in Etretat famed for its natural chalk cliffs. This spectacular and dramatic décor attracted and inspired numerous artists including painters Eugène Boudin, Gustave Courbet, Claude Monet…and Maurice Leblanc, Arsène Lupin’s creator himself! He wrote some of Lupin’s famous adventures from his house in Étretat. Fans of Leblanc’s work can explore further by visiting the Clos Lupin Museum in Normandy. The charming timbered house is surrounded by lupine flowers. The museum nows presents original photos, paintings, recollections, writings and some of Maurice Leblanc's personal belongings.