As both a singer and actor, Mohammed Ramadan is one of the Arab world’s biggest stars. And with talks circulating about the Egyptian actor portraying the legendary Ahmed Zaki in a new biopic, Ramadan might be about to make the history books.
Egypt-based production company Synergy Productions confirmed Ramadan’s role last year, along with the announcement that the screenplay would be written by renowned screenwriter Bashir El Deek. The soon-to-be-TV-series is rumoured to be titled ‘El Embrator’, meaning Emperor in English—and is due to air during Ramadan 2021..
Unfortunately, we might have to wait a little longer as the series has been postponed for now—and no, COVID-19 isn’t the reason.
Ramadan announced that the production company is still seeking approval from Ahmed Zaki’s heirs. “The series on Ahmed Zaki has been postponed until negotiations with his family,” he wrote on Facebook.
It makes sense, afterall Zaki is an iconic figure, and not just in Egypt, but across the Arab world, having starred in some of Egypt’s most critically acclaimed films, from ‘The Days of Sadat’, in which he played Anwar El Sadat and the acclaimed ‘Nasser 56’, where he took on the controversial role of nationalist Gamal Abdul Nasser.