Egyptian megastar Amr Diab to star in a Netflix series

Ahram Online , Wednesday 19 Aug 2020

The series marks Diab's return to acting after starring alongside Omar El-Sherif in a film 27 years ago

Egyptian megastar Amr Diab

Egyptian megastar Amr Diab has agreed to star in an Arabic original series produced by Netflix.

This will mark the return of the longtime leading pop star to acting after his last film Dehk Wele’b Wegad Wehob ("Laughter, Play, Seriousness, and Love") in which he starred alongside late star Omar El-Sherif 27 years ago.

"I am thrilled to work with Netflix on this new project. I have always believed that art is a global language, and we have been able to build bridges of connections and love with diverse cultures through music," stated the winner of seven World Music Awards and six African Music Awards.

Diab is an exceptional success who has topped the Arab song charts for almost four decades. Throughout his career he has collaborated with many top lyricists, composers and producers.

“He is a trendsetting icon who resonates with different generations through his music and talent. We are confident that this new project will excite fans and members for the glorious return of Amr Diab to the screen,” stated Ahmed Sharkawi, director of the new Netflix series.

Al-Sharkawi provided no further details about the show.

Netflix announced last year it signed a deal to turn the +18 puppet show Abla Fahita into a drama series, and in November it will broadcast its first Arabic Original from Egypt, Paranormal, by Amr Salama. The series is based on Ahmed Khalid Tawfik's best-selling series and stars Ahmed Amin.

With 193 million paid memberships in over 190 countries, Netflix is a platform that combines many original and exclusive TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages.

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