Yusra Nixes Role in Int’l Film, Accuses Director of Pro-Israel Slant
Egyptian actress Yusra has refused to appear in the joint Italian-American film Al Ajdad (Grandfathers) which explores the first and second world wars, because she claims the director is biased in favor of Israel, according to the Arabic daily Al Bayan.
Yusra was supposed to play the role of the wife of a tank battalion leader killed in the Egyptian desert of Al A’lamain. After some time, the widow comes with her grandchildren to visit the statue and graves of the American soldiers who were killed in the war. She raises many questions about the disadvantages of war and calls for peace.
A French actress, Mary Guard, who works as a model and an advertisement star, will replace Yusra.
A number of French, Italian and American stars will costar in the film.
Yusra learned that the film director was David Nicholas, who is allegedly known for his bias in favor of Israel, and who directed the controversial film Rua’t Al Ghanam (Shepherds).
The Egyptian actress said that she was happy with her decision and added that she had asked for the change of director before accepting the role in the film - Albawaba.com