Sacha Baron Cohen Takes a Surprising Dramatic Turn In The Spy Trailer
One of the great what-ifs of the past decade of Hollywood is: What if Sacha Baron Cohen took on Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsodyinstead of Rami Malek—as was originally planned? The idea of it was pretty exciting—Baron Cohen is a Golden-Globe-winning comedian, but after seeing him play uber-satirical characters like Borat and Bruno over the past 20 years, what would he look like in a dramatic role?
This September, we’ll finally get our answer. Baron Cohen will star in the Netflix miniseries The Spy—which, based on today’s trailer, might just get him some critical praise for his dramatic turn. In the series, which is based on a true story, he portrays Eli Cohen—who went undercover in Syria in the 1960s, entrenching himself within a military-dominated world scheming against Israel.
The rest of the cast is full of underrated TV stars—including Hadar Ratzon Rotem (Homeland) as Cohen’s wife, and Noah Emmerich (The Americans) as the agent’s handler. Both look just as intense as Baron Cohen in the series, which has a Roma-esque hue to it, and some psychological drama to it, too. At first look, it seems like the Who is America star is spot-on with his portrayal of Cohen getting too close to his secret identity.
The six-episode miniseries written and directed by Gideon Raff is out on September 6—which gives you just enough time for you to come down from Mindhunter.
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