Hugh Laurie to join cast of Israeli spy thriller Tehran

The show has been renewed by Apple TV for a third season


LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 14: Hugh Laurie attends the premiere of HBO's "Avenue 5" at Avalon Theater on January 14, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

Hugh Laurie is headed to “Tehran,” as the Israeli spy thriller has been picked up for a third season by Apple TV+, Deadline reported Wednesday.

The show, produced by the Kan public broadcaster, centers on fictional Mossad agent Tamar Rabinyan—played by Israeli actress Niv Sultan—who goes on an undercover mission to Iran to help prepare the ground for an IDF strike on a nuclear reactor, and unexpectedly falls in love with an Iranian.

Eton-educated Laurie, of House, M.D. fame, will play a South African nuclear inspector.

“We are so excited to have the brilliant Hugh Laurie join Niv and the incredibly talented cast in a new storyline that has all the makings of an unforgettable season,” said Morgan Wandell, head of international programming for Apple TV+.

Production on Season 3 is already underway, reported Deadline, and will follow Tamar as she tries to reinvent herself and win back Mossad’s support while continuing to infiltrate the Iranian capital.

The co-creators of the show are Moshe Zonder, Dana Eden and Maor Kohn.

It is directed by Daniel Syrkin.

“Tehran” won Best Drama Series at the 2021 International Emmy Awards.

It comes on the backdrop of the hugely successful fourth season of the Israeli show “Fauda,” which premiered on Netflix last month.

Notably, it is the first Israeli TV show to be dubbed in Farsi.

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