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Sacha Baron Cohen to Star in Netflix Limited Drama Series ‘The Spy’

Actor will play legendary Israeli spy Eli Cohen in six-episode show set in the ’60s

Sacha Baron Cohen has been cast as Eli Cohen in Netflix’s upcoming drama “The Spy,” a spokesperson for the streaming service told TheWrap Wednesday.

Written and directed by Gideon Raff, the six-episode limited series will center around the legendary Israeli spy, who operated for the country out of Syria in the early 1960s. 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.

The project hails from Légende Films and Alain Goldman.

“The Spy” will mark Cohen’s first regular TV series role since he got his start creating and starring in “Da Ali G Show” for Channel 4 in the U.K. — and then HBO in the U.S. — over a decade ago. Some of Cohen’s characters from the series got their own breakout films, including the critically-acclaimed “Borat,” which earned him an Academy Award nomination. His other movie credits include “Bruno,” “Les Miserables,” “The Dictator,” and “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.”

He recently appeared in another project for the streaming service, Seth Rogen’s “Hilarity for Charity,” which launched globally last Friday.

“The Spy” will be available on Netflix globally — with the exception of France, where it will be released on OCS. A release date has yet to be announced.

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