The Spy tells the story of legendary Israeli spy Eli Cohen (Baron Cohen). Eli Cohen lived undercover in Damascus and became Chief Adviser to the Minister of Defence there. After he was discovered by the Syrian regime, the country sentenced him to death and hanged him publicly in Damascus square in 1965.
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The project will be written and directed by Gideon Raff, whose 2010 thriller Prisoners of War served as the inspiration for Homeland starring Claire Danes and Damian Lewis. His actions, connections and huge sacrifice have had lasting consequences, shaping the Middle East of today. Légende Films and Alain Goldman are producing.
Baron Cohen's role dovetails with a philanthropic interest in Syria.
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Baron Cohen recently appeared in Seth Rogen's Hilarity For Charity variety special on Netflix.
Baron Cohen was the creator and star of Da Ali G Show, which originally aired in the United Kingdom before moving ti HBO. The series spawned three films, including the highly-successful "Borat", which earned Cohen an Oscar nomination.
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The six-episode drama will show how Cohen (that's Eli, not Sacha) managed to rise through the ranks of Syrian high society, and how his actions and the connections he made have had lasting consequences in the Middle East. He is also known for his roles in films like the 2012 version of "Les Misérables", the "Madagascar" franchise, and "Taladega Nights". The series will not be available on Netflix France, though.