Hot off the Summer premiere in Israel, the exciting new series Tehran makes its way to North America.
Right from the get-go, Tehran is an edge of your seat suspense roller coaster ride. Moshe Zonder, helms the spy thriller Tehran. He helped write the first season of Netflix’s hit Fauda. Similarly, Tehran is a look at the conflict in the Middle East from the perspective of Israel and one of its enemies.
In this case that enemy is Iran. There, an Israeli Mossad agent goes undercover on a mission to take out the country’s nuclear capabilities.
Setting the series almost entirely in Tehran enables it to provide a fascinating glimpse into Iran. Here it shows different perspectives on Iran from a range of individuals. It includes those loyal to the Muslim government, pro-democracy dissidents. It also includes Jews who emigrated to Israel but still consider Iran their homeland.
The series tells its story through the eyes of young Mossad agent and computer whiz Tamar Rabinyan (Niv Sultan). She spend her early years in Tehran but fled with her family to Israel when she was a child. To carry out her mission in the country, she impersonates an Iranian citizen. But almost as soon as she gets started, everything that possibly could go wrong quickly does. This brings her to the attention of an airport security investigator, Faraz Kamali (Shaun Toub). His single-minded devotion to his country’s security leads him to forego a planned trip to Paris. There, his beloved wife is scheduled to undergo brain surgery.
The show not only has political tension but the inner conflicts that the main characters have. They deal with their own internal struggles while trying to be loyal to their homeland.
Bonnie Laufer spoke with the shows stars Niv Sultan and Shaun Toub, as well as writers Moshe Zonder and Dana Eden.
Tehran; the new espionage thriller from Fauda writer Moshe Zonder, will premiere globally Friday, September 25 on Apple TV+. The eight-episode series will premiere with the first three episodes, followed by new episodes weekly, every Friday.
Both interviews are below.