Lupin: Netflix series overtakes The Queen’s Gambit and Bridgerton

While The Queen’s Gambit and Bridgerton smashed records at the end of 2020 with over 60 million streams each in their first 28 days on Netflix, new French series Lupin is quickly overtaking them.

The show – based on the novels by France‘s Maurice LeBlanc, who created the character in 1905 – looks to reach 70 million households by February 5, at which point it will have been available for a month.

The Queen’s Gambit was released on 23 October 2020 and reached 62 million viewers by the end of November.

Streaming ahead: French series Lupin looks to reach 70 million households by February 5, at which point it will have been available on Netflix for only a month

Streaming ahead: French series Lupin looks to reach 70 million households by February 5, at which point it will have been available on Netflix for only a month

Streaming ahead: French series Lupin looks to reach 70 million households by February 5, at which point it will have been available on Netflix for only a month

Bridgerton was released on Christmas Day, and is projected to tally 63 million by the end of Jaunary.

Lupin, it seems, will smash this by a further 7 million. It has also became the first French series to land on Netflix’s Top 10 list, ranking No. 1 in the likes of Brazil, Vietnam, Argentina, Germany, Italy, Spain and Poland to name just a few.

Lupin stars Omar Sy in the lead role. His character is Assane Diop – someone who lives life inspired by theif Arsène Lupin, of the LeBlanc novels.

The concept has been developed across various other film and TV formats over the years, including an animated series.

Coming up the rear: The Queen's Gambit was released on 23 October 2020 and reached 62 million viewers by the end of November

Coming up the rear: The Queen's Gambit was released on 23 October 2020 and reached 62 million viewers by the end of November

Coming up the rear: The Queen’s Gambit was released on 23 October 2020 and reached 62 million viewers by the end of November

7 million shy: Bridgerton was released on Christmas Day, and is projected to tally 63 million by the end of Jaunary

7 million shy: Bridgerton was released on Christmas Day, and is projected to tally 63 million by the end of Jaunary

7 million shy: Bridgerton was released on Christmas Day, and is projected to tally 63 million by the end of Jaunary

George Kay – one of the creatives responsible for Netflix’s Criminal UK and hit drama Killing Eve – has written the show, alongside François Uzan.

The story follows thief Diop, whose Senegal immigrant father is framed for the theft of an expensive diamond necklace by his employer, the wealthy and powerful Hubert Pellegrini, and hangs himself in his prison cell out of shame.

Years later, Diop – a teenager when his father died – sets out to get revenge on the Pellegrini family.

Criminally-inspired: Lupin stars Omar Sy in the lead role. His character is Assane Diop - someone who lives life inspired by theif Arsène Lupin, of the Maurice LeBlanc novels

Criminally-inspired: Lupin stars Omar Sy in the lead role. His character is Assane Diop - someone who lives life inspired by theif Arsène Lupin, of the Maurice LeBlanc novels

Criminally-inspired: Lupin stars Omar Sy in the lead role. His character is Assane Diop – someone who lives life inspired by theif Arsène Lupin, of the Maurice LeBlanc novels

Très appréciée! Lead star Omar took to social media to celebrate the success of the series

Très appréciée! Lead star Omar took to social media to celebrate the success of the series

Très appréciée! Lead star Omar took to social media to celebrate the success of the series

He turns to subterfuge and disguise, using the Lupin books as a benchmark, having been gifted them by his father when he was younger.

The original books from the early 20th Century have already seen a surge in renewed interest since the show arrived on Netflix, and reruns of the animated series are being shown on various channels across the world.

The series is also only half-released, with five episodes available and a further five expected to drop in the coming weeks.

Lead star Omar took to social media to celebrate the success of the series.

Merci! The Jurassic World star posted his thanks to Instagram, alongside a snap of his character, thanking his 1.9 million followers

Merci! The Jurassic World star posted his thanks to Instagram, alongside a snap of his character, thanking his 1.9 million followers

Merci! The Jurassic World star posted his thanks to Instagram, alongside a snap of his character, thanking his 1.9 million followers

Battre des records! '70 millions, that's insane!! So proud that Lupin is the first French Netflix Original series to be so successful internationally! That wouldn’t have been possible without you. Thank you all!' [sic], he gushed

Battre des records! '70 millions, that's insane!! So proud that Lupin is the first French Netflix Original series to be so successful internationally! That wouldn’t have been possible without you. Thank you all!' [sic], he gushed

Battre des records! ’70 millions, that’s insane!! So proud that Lupin is the first French Netflix Original series to be so successful internationally! That wouldn’t have been possible without you. Thank you all!’ [sic], he gushed

The Jurassic World star posted his thanks to Instagram, alongside a snap of his character, thanking his 1.9 million followers.

’70 millions, that’s insane!! So proud that Lupin is the first French Netflix Original series to be so successful internationally! That wouldn’t have been possible without you. Thank you all!’ [sic], he gushed.

The series also stars Hervé Pierre, Nicole Garcia, Clotilde Hesme, Ludivine Sagnier, Antoine Gouy, Shirine Boutella and Soufiane Guerrab. 

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