Marwan Kenzari to Topline Netflix's Real-Life Spy Drama 'The Angel' (Exclusive)

Marwan Kenzari - The Promise Premiere - Getty - H 2017
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Ariel Vormen will direct from a screenplay by 'Children of Men' writer David Arata.

Dutch actor Marwan Kenzari is set to topline 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, the feature 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. 

Ariel Vormen will direct from a screenplay by Children of Men writer David Arata. Simon Istolainen and Antoine Stioui will produce the feature, which will begin production in early July, with plans to shoot in London, Morocco and Bulgaria.

Kenzari's English-language credits include 2016's Ben-Hur remake and crime thriller Collide. He can currently be seen in theaters with Terry George's Armenian Genocide drama The Promise, and will next be seen in Universal's The Mummy and Murder on the Orient Express
Kenzari is repped by ICM and the Netherlands' nummer19.