Production begins on timely and gripping new Israeli drama series TEHRAN
Niv Sultan, Shaun Toub, and Navid Negahban head international cast
Production is beginning on Tehran (working title), the riveting new Israeli international espionage thriller set in Iran, from Donna Productions and Shula Spiegel Productions in association with Alon Aranya’s Paper Plane Productions for Israeli Network KAN. Cineflix Rights has the exclusive global distribution rights to the series.
Rising young Israeli actress Niv Sultan (Flawless, She Has It, Temporarily Dead) takes the lead role of Mossad agent Tamar Rabinyan; critically acclaimed actor Shaun Toub (Majid Javadi in Homeland, Academy AwardBest Picture winner Crash, and in the upcoming highly anticipated TBS series Snowpiercer) plays Iranian security officer Faraz Mehmet; and international star Navid Negahban (Abu Nazir in Homeland, Legion, Aladdin) is Mossad Field Commander Masoud Tabrizi.
They are joined by Shervin Alebani (Baghdad in My Shadow) as Iranian democracy activist Milad Mehmet; Liraz Charhi (A Late Quartet, Sabri Maranan), who plays Mossad handler Yael Kadosh; and Menashe Noy (Big Bad Wolves, Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem) as Meir Gorev, commander of Mossad’s Operational Unit.
Tehran (8×60’, working title) is the intense and thrilling story of Tamar Rabinyan (Sultan), a Mossad computer hacker-agent undertaking her very first mission in the heart of a hostile and menacing city—which also happens to be the place of her birth. Tasked with disabling an Iranian nuclear reactor, her mission has critical implications not just for the Middle East, but for the entire world order. But when the Mossad mission, led by field agent Masoud Tabrizi (Negahban) fails, Tamar goes rogue in Tehran as she rediscovers her Iranian roots and becomes romantically entwined with a pro-democracy activist (Alebani). Tamar’s soul-searching leads her to become even more conflicted about her mission, while the tension mounts as Iranian authorities, led by veteran security officer Faraz Mehmet (Toub), tighten the net in their desperate search to locate Tamar and her Mossad colleagues, including her handler Yael Kadosh (Charhi).
Tehran is created by Moshe Zonder, who wrote the hit Netflix Original series Fauda, Dana Eden (Mother’s Day, The Stylist), and Maor Kohn. The series is written by Moshe Zonder and Omri Shenhar (The Magpie). The Director is Daniel Syrkin (Mossad 101, The Gordin Cell, Stockholm). The Executive Producers are: Alon Aranya, whose credits include Hostages, Red Widow, Betrayal, and the upcoming series Your Honor for Showtime starring Bryan Cranston; Dana Eden, and Shula Spiegel.
Series Director Daniel Syrkin said: “We are very excited to have the exceptionally talented, and fast-rising actress Niv Sultan take her first international lead series role in Tehran. And in Shaun and Navid, we have two stars who have thrilled and menaced audiences in multiple high-profile, long running global television hits and feature films. They head an international cast which will bring Moshe’s creative vision to life for viewers.”
Julien Leroux, SVP, Global Scripted Co-Productions, Cineflix Media, commented: “Niv is a rising star and her rivalry with Shaun in a tense cat and mouse game set in the heart of Tehran will be utterly exciting, and make Tehran a stand-out series for international buyers.”
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