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Megastar Hugh Laurie joins cast of Israeli spy thriller ‘Tehran’

Apple TV+ has renewed the show, produced by the Kan public broadcaster, for a third season.

Actor Hugh Laurie speaks at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, California, in 2012. Credit: Fido via Wikimedia Commons.
Actor Hugh Laurie speaks at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, California, in 2012. Credit: Fido via Wikimedia Commons.

Hugh Laurie is headed to “Tehran,” as the Israeli spy thriller has been picked up for a third season by Apple TV+, Deadline reported Wednesday.

The show, produced by the Kan public broadcaster, centers on fictional Mossad agent Tamar Rabinyan—played by Israeli actress Niv Sultan—who goes on an undercover mission to Iran to help prepare the ground for an IDF strike on a nuclear reactor, and unexpectedly falls in love with an Iranian.

Laurie, of House, M.D. fame, will play a South African nuclear inspector.

“We are so excited to have the brilliant Hugh Laurie join Niv and the incredibly talented cast in a new storyline that has all the makings of an unforgettable season,” said Morgan Wandell, head of international programming for Apple TV+.

Production on Season 3 is already underway, reported Deadline, and will follow Tamar as she tries to reinvent herself and win back Mossad’s support while continuing to infiltrate the Iranian capital.

The co-creators of the show are Moshe Zonder, Dana Eden and Maor Kohn.

It is directed by Daniel Syrkin.

“Tehran” won Best Drama Series at the 2021 International Emmy Awards.

It comes on the backdrop of the hugely successful fourth season of the Israeli show “Fauda,” which dropped on Netflix last month.

Presented bilingually in Hebrew and Arabic with subtitles, “Fauda” tells the story of an elite undercover unit in the Israel Defense Forces with a focus on Israeli agent Doron Kavillio, played by the show’s co-creator, Lior Raz.

Notably, it is the first Israeli TV show to be dubbed in Farsi.

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