Sacha Baron Cohen to play Israeli spy in new Netflix thriller

It's his biggest TV commitment since 'Da Ali G Show'

Sacha Baron Cohen is set to star in a new Netflix thriller called The Spy.

The series will take place over six parts, making it the actor’s biggest TV commitment since Da Ali G Show.

He will play Eli Cohen in the show – who was a real Israeli spy based in Syria in the early 1960s. Cohen lived undercover in Damascus and became Chief Adviser to the Minister of Defence there. He was sentenced to death in 1965 after Syrian counter-intelligence authorities discovered who he really was.

Sacha Baron Cohen

Sacha Baron Cohen

The Spy is being written and directed by Gideon Raff, whose Prisoners Of War thriller inspired Homeland. The series will be available worldwide on Netflix, although a premiere date has yet to be announced.

Baron Cohen recently appeared in Seth Rogen’s Hilarity For Charity variety special on Netflix. Despite being held annually since 2012, this year’s edition marked the first time the charity event had been broadcast. James Corden, Tiffany Haddish, Kumail Nanjiani, Post Malone, Michael Che and more also featured.

The Borat star last appeared on TV in 2013 when he appeared in one episode of the series Eastbound & Down as the character Ronnie Thelman. He has also had roles in Curb Your Enthusiasm, Hugo, Les Misérables, Grimsby, and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.