Is ‘Lupin’ Based on a Real Person, and Is Part 2 Based on a True Story? Lupin Season 2: Is ‘Lupin’ Based on a Real Person, and Is Part 2 Based on a True Story?
Lupin swept the world by storm when it appeared on Netflix in January 2021, becoming the streaming platform’s most-watched non-English series. Part two of the French thriller is now available to view, with Assane Diop (Omar Sy) continuing his fight to bring the Pellegrini family down for good.
The series tells the story of Assane Diop, a professional thief whose father, Babakar Diop (Fargass Assandé), was falsely accused of stealing a Marie Antoinette necklace by his boss, French business magnate Hubert Pellegrini (Hervé Pierre).
Unfortunately, Babakar Diop committed suicide in his prison cell, leaving his 14-year-old son Assane Diop behind. Assane Diop, inspired by his father’s gift of the book Arsène Lupin: Gentleman Burglar, sets out on a path of vengeance, employing his charm and thievery expertise to bring down the Pellegrini empire.
Assane Diop dresses up as Arsène Lupin, and a French investigator, Youssef Guedira (Soufiane Guerrab), has already found the link between Assane’s crimes and Lupin’s, setting up the second installment in the series.
The Netflix series Lupin is not based on a true story. The literary figure Arsène Lupin, a fictional gentleman burglar and master of disguise, inspired and was named after the title of the French mystery thriller.
Lupin was conceived in early 1905 by French author Maurice Leblanc and appeared in 17 novels and 39 novellas. He was first introduced in a series of short stories, the first of which was published on July 15, 1905, and was titled The Arrest of Arsène Lupin. Between 1907 and 1941, the stories were collected into a total of 24 books.
Lupin’s story was far from over seventy years later. After a relative of Leblanc uncovered the 25th book, The Last Love of Arsène Lupin, it was published posthumously in 2011.
Throughout the Netflix series, explicit references to the literary figure are made. For example, Assane Diop’s pseudonym’s are anagrams of Lupin’s names and the methods of his heists mirror Lupins almost exactly.
In the final episode of part one, Assane Diop even takes his son to a seaside Lupin festival to celebrate the thief. The festival itself was set in Étretat, the hometown of Arsène. This is a brief summary.