Netflix has confirmed that Sacha Baron Cohen has been cast as Eli Cohen in the upcoming drama “The Spy“. The popular streaming-service announced that the series will stretch across six episodes, but did not announce a release date at this time. Sacha Baron Cohen was recently in “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” playing the role of Time, alongside Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, and Helena Bonham Carter .
The limited series will explore Cohen’s role as a spy for Israel in Syria in the early 1960s. The limited series will debut globally on Netflix (outside of France), and on OCS in France.
Eli Cohen is one of the most legendary spies in the world. Cohen lived in Damascus undercover in the beginning of the 1960s, spying for Israel. He managed to embed himself into Syrian high society and rise through the ranks of their politics. His actions, connections and immense sacrifice have had lasting consequences, shaping the Middle East of today. Netflix also announced that Gideon Raff will write and direct the series, and that Légende Films and Alain Goldman are producing.
Netflix has also started production on the second season of “Suburra,” the series based on the homonymous novel. That project is set in Rome and describes a fight over land in the seaside town of Ostia, that spirals into a deadly battle between organized crime, corrupt politicians and the Vatican. The protagonists from the first season will carry over to season two; Aureliano (Alessandro Borghi), Spadino (Giacomo Ferrara) and Lele (Eduardo Valdarnini), Sara Monaschi (Claudia Gerini), an ambitious financial consultant collaborating with the Church, the politician Amedeo Cinaglia (Filippo Nigro) and the unscrupulous boss Samurai (Francesco Acquaroli). The second season is written by head writer Barbara Petronio with Ezio Abbate and Fabrizio Bettelli. The directors are Andrea Molaioli (Suburra The Series, The Girl by the Lake, The Jewel) and the new-comer Piero Messina (The Wait).