Sacha Baron Cohen may be taking on another transformative role, but he isn’t aiming for shocked laughs here.
The trailer has arrived for upcoming Netflix mini-series The Spy, which tells the true story of Israeli spy Eli Cohen, a man who successfully went undercover in Syria in the early ’60s. The six episodes will look at the issues that Cohen had both on his dangerous spy missions and his personal life, including the toll it took on his mental health and family.
It looks like an engrossing, tense series; hopefully it’s great and people are willing to get past Cohen’s heavily comedic resume to give it a watch. At least from this trailer, his work here should be a standout. The series comes from Homeland writer and EP Gideon Raff. Raff, who also directed and wrote recent Chris Evans-starring true story Netflix film The Red Sea Diving Resort, directs all six eps and writes with Max Perry (12 Days Ahead).
The Spy, also starring Noah Emmerich, Hadar Ratzon Rotem, Waleed Zuaiter, Alexander Siddig and Marc Maurille, hits Netflix on September 6.
Official synopsis for The Spy:
THE SPY is inspired by the real-life story of former Mossad agent, Eli Cohen, who successfully goes undercover in Syria in the early 1960s. Cohen becomes close enough to ambitious military leaders and their rich friends to earn a game-changing level of trust about Syria’s biggest anti-Israel secret initiatives.
The series stars, Emmy-nominated Sacha Baron Cohen (Who is America?) as Eli Cohen, a man who wants nothing more than to be of service to his country, but he does his job so well that he finds it hard to strip off his double identity. Noah Emmerich (The Americans) plays Dan Peleg, Eli’s Mossad handler who tires to ease his own guilt over the sacrifices Eli makes, Hadar Ratzon Rotem (Homeland) portrays Eli’s wife, Nadia, who is left to raise their family on her own and knows something isn’t right about her husband’s government job, and Waleed Zuaiter (Colony) plays Amin Al-Hafz, a military officer who thinks he’s found the perfect ally in the undercover Cohen.
THE SPY is written and directed by Emmy-winner Gideon Raff (Prisoners of War, Homeland and Tyrant) and Légende Films. The series is produced by Alain Goldman (La Vie en Rose).The limited series features 6×60-minute episodes.