In his first Netflix Original, Sacha Baron Cohen takes on the role of Eli Cohen, the famed and notorious Mossad agent Eli Cohen. We have everything you need to know on Netflix’s latest espionage thriller including the plot, cast, trailer and Netflix release date.
The Spy is an upcoming Netflix Original espionage thriller based on the screenplay by Gideon Raff and Max Perry. The series is a co-production between the French studio Canal+ and Netflix. The director for the series was Gideon Raff, The Spy is Raff’s second Netflix Original after the release of The Red Sea Diving Resort in July 2019.
What is the plot of The Spy?
Based on the career of real-life of the notorious Mossad agent Eli Cohen, The Spy follows Cohen’s mission to Syria as he infiltrates the political and military hierarchy of the nation. The intelligence Cohen gathered was imperative to the defence of Israel and ultimately changed the nation’s future forever.
So this isn’t a comedy?
Comparisons have been made between how his character of Eli Cohen looks very similar to Borat. Despite his reputation for his satirical characters and unique brand of comedy, his new role as Eli Cohen is 100% drama.
Who is in the cast of The Spy?
The following cast members have been confirmed to star in the upcoming limited series The Spy:
|Role||Cast Member||Where Have I Seen/Heard Them Before?|
|Eli Cohen||Sacha Baron Cohen||Borat | Les Miserables | Brüno|
|Dan Peleg||Noah Emmerich||The Americans | The Truman Show | The Walking Dead|
|Nadia Cohen||Hadar Ratzon Rotem||Rendition | Homeland | Prisoners of War|
|Ma’azi||Nassim Si Ahmed||Night Is Meant for Sleeping | Groom | Junk Love|
|Maya||Yael Eitan||Dig | Prisoners of War | Babysitter|
|Benny||Mourad Zaoui||The Blacklist | The Gospel of John | The Night Manager|
|Colonel Salim Hatoum||Hassam Ghancy||The Baader Meinhof Complex | Traitor | Rendition|
|Sheik Majid Al Ard||Uri Gavriel||The Dark Knight Rises | Byzantium | One Week and a Day|
|Colonel Amin Al-Hafez||Waleed Zuaiter||The Men Who Stare at Goats | London Has Fallen | Omar|
|Suidani||Alexander Siddig||Star Trek: Deep Space Nine | Gotham | Peaky Blinders|
Did you know?
Sacha Baron Cohen is a distant relative of Eli Cohen.
When and where did production take place for The Spy?
Filming began on the 23rd of July, 2018.
It’s unclear how long filming lasted, but it’s likely it didn’t conclude until October.
Information on where the series was filmed hasn’t been disclosed. Certain scenes were likely to have been filmed in a studio located in France, meanwhile, other scenes may have been shot in and around the country of Israel.
Due to the ongoing civil war in Syria, filming in the country would not have been safe.
Images and Stills
All images are courtesy of Legende Films and Canal+.
How many episodes will The Spy air?
It has been confirmed that The Spy is arriving with six episodes.
What are the episode run times?
There’s no confirmation on episode run times but we suspect each episode will be approximately an hour long.
Will The Spy be available to stream in 4K?
Like the episode run times, there’s no confirmation that The Spy will be available to stream in 4K.
It is highly likely that the series will be available to stream in 4K as Netflix has made an active effort to expand its 4K library.
Has Netflix released a trailer for The Spy?
With very little time before release, Netflix finally dropped a trailer for The Spy on August 27th, 2019.
When is the Netflix release date for The Spy?
Every episode of The Spy will be available to stream on Netflix on Friday 6th of September.
Will I be able to stream The Spy in my region?
As the series is a co-production between Netflix and Canal+, every region outside of France will be receiving The Spy as a Netflix Original.
What time will I be able to stream The Spy in my region?
The following timetable is your guide to what time The Spy is available to stream in your region:
|Time Zone||Time available to stream|
|Pacific Standard Time||12:00 AM|
|Mountain Standard Time||1:00 AM|
|Central Standard Time||2:00 AM|
|Eastern Standard Time||3:00 AM|
|British Summer Time||8:00 AM|
|Central European Time||9:00 AM|
|Eastern European Time||10:00 AM|
|India Standard Time||12:30 PM|
|Japan Standard Time||16:00 PM|
|Australian Eastern Time||18:00 PM|
|New Zealand Day Light Time||20:00 PM|
Netflix releases all of its latest titles from Midnight PST (Pacific Standard Time). This means for anyone living in regions the other side of the world have to wait until the evening before titles are available to stream.
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