12 January 2018
Lior Raz is the lead actor and co-creator of the critically acclaimed Netflix drama series, FAUDA (Arabic for “chaos”). The series was created by Raz and Avi Issacharoff and is based on their real-life experiences serving in the Israeli Defense Force’s special forces unit. The Israeli drama, which Netflix picked up in 2016, stars Raz as the commander of a mista’arvim, a commando unit trained to operate undercover in the Palestinian territories. FAUDA became one of Israeli television’s biggest hits when its first season premiered in 2015. The show won six Ophir Awards — the Israeli equivalent of the Emmys — including best drama in June.
Raz and Issacharoff are also creating two additional new series for Netflix. One is a straight-to-series untitled CIA drama which will also star Raz. Set to premiere in 2018, the untitled drama is inspired by actual events and follows a high-stakes global operation by the CIA and Mossad to track down and kill one of the world’s most wanted terrorists. The second project being developed is a political espionage thriller which revolves around a happily married man whose life is turned upside down when his wife is killed in a mysterious hit-and-run accident.
Raz recently starred in the MGM feature, OPERATION FINALE, which is the story of the capture of Nazi Adolf Eichmann (Sir Ben Kingsley) who was considered one of the architects of the Holocaust. After World War II, he fled to Argentina, where he lived in hiding. Israel’s spy agency Mossad eventually discovered Eichmann’s whereabouts, and in a tense operation captured him and smuggled him out of the country. Raz will portray Isser Harel, the director of Mossad who allows Oscar Isaac’s character, Peter Malkin, to lead the Argentina mission.