Netflix announces production of new Arabic series 'Finding Ola' starring Hend Sabry, Sawsan Badr

Ahram Online , Thursday 25 Feb 2021

Hend Sabry posted a short video on Instagram expressing her excitement to inhabit the role of Ola Abdel-Sabour 10 years after her initial appearance

Finding Ola

Netflix has announced the start of production for its new Arabic original series with the working title Al Bahth Aan Ola (Finding Ola), starring Hend Sabry, Sawsan Badr, Hany Adel, Nada Mousa, Mahmoud El-Leithy, and Dalia Shawky.

The series also features special appearances by Arab talents such as Khaled El-Nabawy.

Tunisian-Egyptian actress Hend Sabry shared a short video showcasing the cast and crew working on the series.

"I am excited to meet Ola Abdel-Sabour again after 10 years. You ask me a lot about her. Just like you all changed after 10 years, she also changed," Sabry says in the video, while Sawsan Badr adds jokingly: "I never change."

"The series portrays the beloved character Ola Abdel-Sabour and her adventures after her first appearance in the groundbreaking social drama series I Want to Get Married (Ayza Atgawez) 10 years ago," reads Netflix’s press release.

"Finding Ola features the story of the mother and pharmacist Ola Abdel-Sabour, who is trying to cope with the fast-paced world while working hard to rediscover, or rather reinvent, herself. Ola’s life is torn between her responsibilities and her attempts to bring back love in her life."

Written by Maha El-Wazir and Ghada Abdel-Aal, the new series is influenced by the characters from I Want to Get Married, which was directed by Rami Emam, and became among the most popular television series in Ramadan 2010.

I Want to Get Married tells the story of a young pharmacist facing pressure from society to get married. In each of the series' 30 episodes, she meets a new potential husband, taking the viewer into many comic situations. 

Finding Ola is directed by Hadi El-Bagoury, with Sabry acting as executive producer through her company SALAM PROD in cooperation with Partner Pro and executive producer Amin El-Masri.

The producers are yet to reveal when the series will be completed and aired.

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