One big "Saraya Abdeen" slip: actors pull out of hit drama

Published September 1st, 2014 - 07:48 GMT

It's no question that "Saraya Abdeen" was a smashing financial success during the Ramadan marathon, so it's quite the surprise that director Amro Arafa and several of the cast are cutting chords with the show.

More than 100 million Egyptian pounds have been set aside for production of the sequel, but clearly several parties that were involved in this year's series don't want their cut of the cash for the next go around. A couple weeks after Amro announced he would not be directing the 12 additional episodes for the sequel, actors Carmen Libs and Dalia Mustafa have followed suit, saying "see ya" to future production. Even Ghada Adel is considering departing the drama.

According to the Middle East news portal Elaph, the contracts the company signed with all the stars at the beginning only sealed them in for filming until August 14, but did not state that the stars are obligated to film any episodes after that date, giving them freedom to pull out at any time they wished without any penalties.

So who will be left on "Saraya Abdeen" screen in the sequel? Syrian actor Qusai Khouly, Egyptian Yousra, Nelly Karim and Lebanese actress Nour have confirmed their continuation for the remaining episodes that are slated to to begin filming soon.

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