The latest Arabic production on Netflix will both star and be created by Tunisian superstar Hend Sabry.
The film and television actress has teamed up with the online streaming giant to appear in a new “female-focused” original series.
Sabry will also executive produce the project under her company Salam Production.
The actress said she would lead a strong cast of women in the still untitled series.
“I am excited to work on a female-focused show with Netflix,” she said. “I am also thrilled about my first experience as an executive producer, and how with Netflix we can create content that features stories from the Arab world to be seen by the world.”
The news was also celebrated by Netflix director of Arabic Original series Ahmed Sharkawi.
“We are excited to work with Hend Sabry, one of the Arab world’s most iconic actresses, who has won the hearts of Arab audiences throughout her career,” he said. “Sabry’s new show is a female-focused story that we are sure fans will connect with.”
The deal is a coup for Netflix as Sabry is easily the biggest regional star to work with the platform to date.
Over the past three years, the company has been steadily building its Arabic content, which at the moment is limited to one original production, the Jordanian drama Jinn, and a host of acquired shows such as the Emirati legal drama Justice, the Lebanese crime saga Al Hayba and the series on terrorism Black Crows.
Sabry’s series will release after Netflix’s upcoming second original Arabic production Al Rawabi School for Girls. Written and directed by Jordanian director, writer and actress Tima Shomali, the show, which has been produced in collaboration with Jordanian media company Filmizion, tells the story of a girl who gets revenge on her bullies, only to find out that no one is all that bad in the first place.