If you're planning to see similar escapades to Ali G, Borat and Bruno from Sacha Baron Cohen's latest project, then think again. The Spy has dropped on Netflix today and sees another side to the comedy star. He takes on a much more serious role as a Mossad agent during the six-Day War between Israel and Egypt, Jordan and Syria.
If you're looking for laughs a minute, then I'd move onto something else.
The Spy is 'inspired by the real-life story of former notorious Mossad agent, Eli Cohen, who successfully goes undercover in Syria and ultimately changed the course of Israel's history', according to Netflix.
Who's in The Spy Cast?
Sacha Baron Cohen takes on the role of spy, Eli Cohen.
Dan Peleg play as Noah Emmerich, a Mossad trainer who is described as "wise, wary and stubborn".
Hadar Ratzon-Rotem plays Eli's wife, Nadia Cohen.
Alexander Siddig stars as Suidani. He's previously had roles in Peaky Blinders as Ruben Oliver and Doran Martell in Game of Thrones.
Mourad Zaoui plays Benni. You might have seen Mourad in The Blacklist where he played Rogan Ghaffari.
Other actors include:
Nassim Si Ahmed as Ma'azi
Yael Eitan as Maya
Hassam Ghancy as Colonel Salim Hatoum
Uri Gavriel as Sheik Majid Al Ard
Waleed Zuaiter as Colonel Amin Al-Hafez
Watch the trailer here:
Who was Eli Cohen?
Eli Cohen was a spy who worked for the Mossad (the national intelligence agency of Israel) in Syria between 1961 and 1965. He miraculously uncovered plans of Syrian defences on the Golan Heights, the Syrian Armed Forces order of battle and a complete list of the Syrian military's weapon inventory.
Thanks to the intel that Eli gained, he was able to make a massive impact in the Six-Day War between Israel and Egypt, Jordan and Syria. We'll leave it at that for the time being so we don't spoil the thrilling story.
Reactions to the trailer
Late last month, streaming site Netflix gave fans a sneak peak of The Spy by releasing a trailer. It definitely got Twitter talking, here are some of the highlights:
"Holy hell, what a reversal of acting. Definitely down to watch this," one person said.
"It's so strange see Sacha Baron doing drama, but I definitely going to watch it," wrote another.
A third added: "I love it when actors known for a certain genre take on a completely different one."
The Spy has been written and directed by Emmy-winner Gideon Raff and is out on Netflix from today (September 6).
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