The Hollywood Reporter is exclusively reporting that Marwan Kenzari has been cast in the lead role for Netflix’s real-life Egyptian spy drama The Angel.
Based on the New York Times best-selling book The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel, will tell the true story of Ashraf Marwan, the son-in-law of Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser and special adviser to Nasser’s successor Anwar Sadat, who spied on behalf of Israel, gaining invaluable intelligence that helped to politically shape the Middle East in the 20th Century.
The film will be directed by Ariel Vormen on a script penned by Children of Men writer David Arata. Simon Istolainen and Antoine Stioui will serve as producers on the project, which is set to begin production in early July, shooting in locations such as London, Morocco and Bulgaria.
Marwan Kenzari’s profile has been on the rise as of late, appearing in Collide and Ben-Hur and also giving a memorable performance in Armenian genocide feature The Promise. He’ll also be appearing in upcoming films such as The Mummy and Murder on the Orient Express.