Assi Helani will be "The Arab Godfather" this Ramadan

Published April 28th, 2015 - 07:10 GMT
Will Assi make it as an actor in his first ever acting experience? (File photo)
Will Assi make it as an actor in his first ever acting experience? (File photo)

The Godfather is one of the greatest movie franchises of all time. The mob drama is based on a crime novel written by Italian American author Mario Puzo, originally published in 1969.

Hollywood actor Al Pacino has been forever immortalized as Michael Corleone in the Godfather movies, which naturally, have a huge following in the Arab world.

But the Arab entertainment industry wants a piece of the action too. One production company is now producing their own version of the hit novel, and they've picked an unlikely suspect to star in it!

Lebanese superstar Assi Helani can easily embody an Italian mafia man (he's bad-ass that way), which is why he's signed up to play a leading role in The Godfather: The TV Series. It's not yet known which character Assi will be playing, but we're thinking he will sure be one of the Corleone brothers!

The Arabic version is being directed by Muthanna Subuh, while the modified script was written by scenarist Hazem Suleiman. Filming kicked off in March 2015 and is being shot between Lebanon, Syria and the UAE.

Suleiman told CNN Arabic that the TV series will be based on the novel, not the films by Francis Ford Coppola, as there is no point in re-making one of the most exhilarating cinematic productions of all time.

The Godfather cast also includes Salloum Haddad, Bassem Yakhour, Nisreen Tafesh, Sulafa Mimar, Abdelmonem Amayri and Feifeddine Sbei'e.

The sixty-something drama will air its first part in Ramadan 2015, while assuming the second part will air in the Ramadan that follows.

Will Subuh and Suleiman get it as right as Coppola did?

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