Sacha Baron Cohen takes a compelling dramatic turn as an Israeli secret agent grappling with consequences of going deep undercover in the new trailer for The Spy, which arrives on Netflix September 6th.
The new limited series is based on the real-life story of former Mossad agent, Eli Cohen, who was enlisted to infiltrate the Syrian government and gather intelligence in the early Sixties. But counter-intelligence agents ultimately uncovered Cohen’s true identity and sentenced him to death in 1965.
The new trailer opens with Cohen (played by Baron Cohen) proclaiming his loyalty to his country and family, but as Eli embeds himself amongst the political elite in Damascus, his nerves and home life begin to fray. By the end of the clip, Cohen is unable to separate himself from his alias, Kamel, saying in a voice over, “When I first became Kamel it was just an act. Those nightmares… they’re not even mine, they’re Kamel’s.”
Along with Baron Cohen, The Spy also stars Noah Emmerich, Hadar Ratzon Rotem and Waleed Zuaiter. The show was written and directed by Gideon Raff, who created the Israeli series, Prisoners of War, which served as the basis for Homeland.