The pandemic doesn’t seem to be slowing Hend Sabry down. The Tunisian actress just made history by becoming the first Tunisian woman to create and (of course) star in a Netflix series.
“I’m very happy to announce that I’m joining the Netflix family to create a new show centred around women. I’m also very excited because this will be my first experience as an executive producer!” Sabry announced in an Instagram post to her 2.7 million followers.
We’re still waiting for the series’ name and an official release date to be revealed, but according to Netflix, the series will be filmed in Egypt, with production set to begin in the fall of 2020.
“We are excited to work with Hend Sabry, one of the Arab world’s most iconic actresses, who won the hearts of Arab audiences throughout her career. Hend’s new show is a female-focused story that we are sure fans will connect with,” said Ahmed Sharkawi, director of Arabic Original Series at Netflix.
The move comes as no surprise. The streaming giant has been paying particular attention to its Middle Eastern market for some time, releasing its first Arabic Original Series, Jinn in 2017. Sabry’s show also joins ‘Paranormal’ on the list of long-awaited Arab series on the platform.