Netflix announced that September 14 will be the release date of a $12 mln spy thriller movie “The Angel”, which is based on a high-ranking Egyptian official, the late Ashraf Marwan, who became a spy for Israel despite being the son-in-law of former Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser.
The movie, which is directed by Israeli Director Ariel Vromen on his first collaboration with Netflix, is originally based on Uri Bar-Joseph’s bestselling novel “The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel.”
The movie is produced by Israel's TTV production company in collaboration with French company ADAMA.
The movie tells the story of Ashraf Marwan who was nicknamed by Israeli intelligence as “The Angel,” and his relationship with late Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser and his major role -according to the Israelis- in sharing strategic sensitive information about the Egyptian army and its defense tactics prior to the 1973 war. The movie tackles the mysterious circumstances that surround Ashraf Marwan's death in London in 2007.
The lead role of Ashraf Marwan will be played by Tunisian-Dutch actor Marwan Kenzari, with Israeli actor and singer, Tzachi Halevy, playing the character of late Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi, while Sasson Gabai from Iraqi origins plays the character of late Egyptian President Anwar el-Sadat.
As for the character of President Gamal Abdel Nasser, it will be played by Palestinian-American actor Waleed Zuaiter.
“The Angel” is currently being shot in the UK, Bulgaria and Morocco.
Who is “The Angel”
Ashraf Marwan was born in 1944 and his father was Major General Abu Elwafa Marwan, who was in charge of the chemical arsenal in the Egyptian military, before he retired and then managed Egypt’s duty free.
Ashraf Marwan was a business man, with a certificate in economics from Cairo University where he graduated in 1965. He was able to secure jobs in military management positions with the support of his father, until he climbed up the ranks to become a close assistant to President Abdel Nasser. After Abdel Nasser's death in 1970, Marwan became the political and security advisor of President Anwar el-Sadat.