It took a year for FX to give the go-ahead after earning a look at a Middle Eastern drama by creators of ‘Homeland’ and ‘Six Feet Under,’ but the network is finally giving the order to series for ‘Tyrant.’
There were some bumps along the way, however, despite the caliber of producers in Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff of the Showtime thriller ‘Homeland,’ and Craig Wright of the late, great HBO drama ‘Six Feet Under.’ Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ang Lee was set to direct, but stepped down, giving way to David Yates. And while the pilot was shot in Morocco, it’s been determined the rest of this tense geopolitical drama will be filmed in Tel Aviv.
Nonetheless, the drama is heading to the small screen come next summer with a minimum of 10 episodes. ‘Tyrant’ follows the story of the young son of a dictator who returns home following a 20-year self-exile in America. With him, though, are his wife and kids, and of course the homecoming leads to a variety of culture clashes and political tensions.
‘Tyrant’ boasts an impressive ensemble cast, including Adam Rayner in the lead role as Bassam ‘Barry’ Al Fayeed, as well as Jennifer Finnigan, Noah Siler, Justin Kirk, Anne Winters, and Ashraf Barhom.
The Gordon-led series joins ‘American Horror Story’ and the forthcoming ‘Strain’ as the only projects picked up by FX on spec.