Syrian actor Jay Abdo gearing up for Hollywood-produced civil war drama
Syrian-American actor Jay Abdo (“Hologram for the King”) is set to star in ‘Broadcast,’ a drama about the atrocities of the Syrian civil war that will mark the actor and producer’s directorial debut American Grant Cramer.
Cramer has produced several independent pictures in various genres, including the Afghanistan Special Forces thriller “Lone Survivor,” which was filmed in New Mexico. He most recently produced the Nicolas Cage’s horror comedy “Willy’s Wonderland”.
Cramer first came on board “Broadcast” as a producer and later made it his passion project and directorial debut, according to a statement.
Abdo (pictured) was a big star in Syria before fleeing his homeland for the United States to escape persecution after speaking out against the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The actor comes aboard “Broadcast” as the picture’s protagonist and co-producer.
Once in the United States, Abdo changed his first name from Jihad to Jay and landed roles alongside Tom Hanks in “Hologram” and Nicole Kidman in Werner Herzog’s “Queen of the Desert,” among other titles.
In “Broadcast,” Abdo will play a Syrian father who desperately tries to flee his war-torn country with his family. He ends up forging an alliance with a young Western aid worker struggling to expose the atrocities of the Civil War.
“As a refugee and an artist myself, my heart bleeds with every family hurt, abandoned and broken by war,” Abdo said in a statement. It called “Broadcast””the voice of the forgotten, [who are] trying to tell the world, ‘We are here.’
“In a country where journalism is a crime, where you can be tortured to death just for asking questions, telling the truth is the bravest but most dangerous act,” the Syrian actor added.
Although there are many documentaries about the Syrian civil war, such as the Oscar-nominated ‘For Sama’, the ongoing conflict that has killed half a million people and displaced nearly 15 million has rarely been portrayed. in feature films, and certainly not by Hollywood. .
Cramer will direct “Broadcast” from alsowritten by Dakota Gorman (“All About Sex”, “Aftermath”), although the current draft of the pic is written by Cramer and B. Garida, who wrote the limited “Reagan & Gorbachev” television series.
“Broadcast” was born with Salt & Light Films from Los Angeles-based independent producer Nicole Rio. The pic is produced by Rio and Cramer’s Landafar Entertainment in conjunction with production company Myth Division and its CEO Ramón Govea, who will executive produce the project.
Rio previously teamed up with Gorman on the 2021 indie hit “All About Sex,” released by Gravitas Ventures and Myriad Pictures.