Baron Cohen will star in The Spy, a six-part limited series about the life of Israeli spy Eli Cohen, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It will be Cohen's first starring TV role since Da Ali G Show, his HBO series that ended in 2004.
Eli Cohen went deep undercover in Damascus, Syria in the '60s, and insinuated himself into Syrian political high society. Posing as a military and political adviser, he would host wild parties at his home, during which he would listen closely to high-ranking Syrian officials and businessmen as they gossiped. He was — spoiler alert — eventually discovered and executed. But his work shaped the modern Middle East and he is regarded as a hero in Israel.
The Spy will be written and directed by Homeland executive producer Gideon Raff.
No premiere date has yet been set.