Syrian-American actor Jay Abdo (“Hologram for the King”) is ready to play the lead in “Broadcast,” a drama concerning the atrocities of the Syrian civil war that may mark the directorial debut of U.S. actor and producer Grant Cramer.
Cramer has produced a number of indie pics of varied genres, together with Afghanistan-set Particular Forces thriller “Lone Survivor,” which was shot in New Mexico. He extra just lately produced the Nicolas Cage horror-comedy “Willy’s Wonderland.”
Cramer initially got here on board “Broadcast” as a producer and subsequently made it his ardour challenge and directorial debut, based on an announcement.
Abdo (pictured) was a giant star in Syria earlier than fleeing his homeland for the U.S. to flee persecution after talking out towards the federal government of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The actor is boarding “Broadcast” as each the pic’s protagonist and co-producer.
As soon as within the U.S., Abdo modified his first title from Jihad to Jay and landed roles reverse Tom Hanks in “Hologram” and Nicole Kidman in Werner Herzog’s “Queen of the Desert,” amongst different titles.
In “Broadcast,” Abdo will play a Syrian father who’s desperately making an attempt to flee his war-torn nation along with his household. He winds up forging an alliance with a younger Western assist employee who’s struggling to reveal the civil struggle’s atrocities.
“As a refugee and artist myself, my coronary heart bleeds over every household getting damage, deserted and shattered by struggle,” Abdo mentioned in an announcement. He known as “Broadcast” “the voice of these forgotten, [who are] making an attempt to inform the world, ‘We’re right here.’”
“In a rustic the place journalism is a criminal offense, the place you could possibly be tortured to demise only for asking questions, revealing the reality is probably the most brave but harmful act,” the Syrian actor added.
Whereas there are many docs concerning the Syrian civil struggle, akin to Oscar-nominated “For Sama,” the continued battle that has killed half one million folks and displaced nearly 15 million has been hardly ever depicted in characteristic movies, and definitely not by Hollywood.
Cramer will direct “Broadcast” from a script written by Dakota Gorman (“All About Intercourse,” “Aftermath”), although the pic’s present draft is penned by Cramer and B. Garida, who wrote the restricted TV sequence “Reagan & Gorbachev.”
“Broadcast” originated with Los Angeles-based indie producer Nicole Rio’s Salt & Gentle Movies. The pic is being produced by Rio and Cramer’s Landafar Leisure in collaboration with manufacturing firm Fable Division and its CEO Ramón Govea, who will government produce the challenge.
Rio beforehand teamed with Gorman on the 2021 indie hit “All About Intercourse,” launched by Gravitas Ventures and Myriad Footage.