Sacha Baron Cohen will star in Netflix’s The Spy, a 6-part drama based on a real-life Israeli spy named Eli Cohen. The series is a co-production between Netflix and the French network OCS, with Netflix streaming the show everywhere other than France.
The Spy is written and directed by Gideon Raff, who previously created Prisoner Of War, the Israeli drama that inspired Showtime’s wildly successful Homeland series.
If you’re unfamiliar with the story of Eli Cohen, here are a few basics: this Israeli spy lived undercover in Damascus in the 1960s, infiltrating Syrian society and rising through their political ranks. Cohen was ultimately caught out by the Syrians, which led to him being publicly hanged.
This will be a serious role for Sacha Baron Cohen, then, who is best known for his comedy personas such as Ali G, Borat and Bruno. However, through his roles in Hugo, Les Misérables and Sweeney Todd, Sacha Baron Cohen has already proven that he has more in his locker than bombastic comedy characters.
It is also no secret that Sacha Baron Cohen has an interest in Syria. Back in 2015, in collaboration with his wife Isla Fisher, Sacha Baron Cohen donated $1 million to organisations that help inoculate Syrian women and children.
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