Netflix announced on Friday that it has acquired the rights to Israeli filmmaker Gideon Raff’s “The Red Sea Diving Resort” starring Chris Evans.
The film was written and directed by Raff, known for his creation of the Channel 2 thriller drama series “Prisoners of War,” which was adapted in the U.S. into the Emmy-winning Showtime series “Homeland.”
Raff’s “The Red Sea Diving Resort” is inspired by one of the most remarkable true life rescue missions ever. The film tells the story of a group of Mossad agents and brave Ethiopians who, in the early ’80s, used a deserted holiday retreat in Sudan as a front to smuggle thousands of refugees to Israel.
Chris Evans plays Ari Kidron, the Mossad agent who leads the mission together with courageous local Kabede Bimro, played by Michael Kenneth Williams.
Haley Bennett, Alessandro Nivola, Michiel Huisman, Chris Chalk, Greg Kinnear and Ben Kingsley also star in the film.
Netflix acquired global rights to the film, excluding China, and plans to release the film later this year.
“The Red Sea Diving Resort” is a BRON Studios, Emjag, G.Raff Productions film in association with Creative Wealth Media. Producers on the film include Aaron L. Gilbert (BRON Studios), Alexandra Milchan (EMJAG), Gideon Raff (G. Raff Productions)
Jason Cloth of Creative Wealth Media served as an executive producer.
Evans, who is expected to lay down his Captain America shield after the release of Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame,” was set to star in another Netflix film, “The Devil All the Time,” from director Antonio Campos.
The film, a midwestern gothic about a serial killer couple, a faith-testing preacher and a corrupt local sheriff, was forced to replace Evans with “Captain America” co-star Sebastian Stan, Deadline reported.
“The Devil All the Time” also stars Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, Bill Skarsgard, Eliza Scanlen, Mia Wasikowska and Gabriel Ebert.