'Lupin' Season 1 Spoilers: What lies within the mysterious journal that grants Assane Diop his new life?

How does a single notebook manage to change Assane Diop's life so completely, and why was he chosen?


                            'Lupin' Season 1 Spoilers: What lies within the mysterious journal that grants Assane Diop his new life?
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Arsène Lupin is one of France's most well-known characters, the Gentleman Thief who acts as a force for good despite being on the wrong side of the law. He has inspired generations worth of stories, including a manga and anime based on a character who was inspired by the original Arsène Lupin. Now, Netflix is introducing an all-new character who was inspired by the original master thief, and a mysterious notebook is going to change his life forever.

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The trailer for 'Lupin' shows Louvre janitor Assane Diop (Omar Sy), who is given "wealth, resources, and lives in which to spend them" after a mysterious stranger hands him a notebook. This notebook contains the exploits of Arsène Lupin, and after being inspired by the famed French thief, Assane decides to embark on a career of his own. He begins his journey by stealing the jeweled necklace of Marie Antoinette right from the museum in which he works - and that's only the start.

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But how does a simple notebook containing tales of an older thief change Assane Diop's life so drastically? It's implied that there's a supernatural element involved with this notebook, especially as Assane mentions that the notebook gives him "lives" with which to spend his newfound wealth and the resources that come with it. 'Lupin' might just be a story that moves through the ages, starring a thief who just can't be stopped.

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Arsène Lupin, the Gentleman Thief, was originally created by Maurice Leblanc, and the series inspired the anime 'Lupin III.' The French thief entered the public domain in 2021 as 70 years have passed since Maurice Leblanc's death, making him a public domain fictional character, not unlike Britain's famed detective, Sherlock Holmes. 

The official synopsis for the episode reads, 'A retelling of the classic French story about Arsène Lupin, the world-famous gentleman thief and master of disguise.' You can watch a trailer for the series below, which shows Assane Diop talking to the viewer, hinting at the story of how his life changed forever - and what happened immediately after that.

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'Lupin' release on Netflix on January 8. 

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