Sacha Baron Cohen goes deep undercover in the first trailer for Netflix's The Spy. The limited series, which is based on a true story, features Baron Cohen as an Israeli clerk named Eli Cohen who turned secret agent and infiltrates Syria on a dangerous and long mission to spy for Mossad. The trailer for the series find's Cohen losing his true identity as he goes deeper undercover over the span of years. This is a big curve ball from the guy who introduced us to Borat and Who is America?

The Spy follows Eli Cohen, a man who wants nothing more than to be of service to his country. However, he ends up doing his job too well. As the trailer demonstrates, Eli is having a hard time separating himself from his fictional character and even dreams as his alter ego. Noah Emmerich plays Dan Peleg, Eli's Mossad handler who tries to ease his own guilt over the sacrifices Eli makes, while Hadar Ratzon Rotem portrays Eli's wife, Nadia, who is left to raise their family on her own and knows something isn't right about her husband's government job.

Nadia begins to question things in The Spy trailer, especially after it had been eleven months since she last saw Eli at one point. When the family is reunited, Eli is mumbling in his sleep and Nadia knows right away that something isn't right with her husband. All in all, even in the brief bits of footage, Hadar Ratzon Rotem and Sacha Baron Cohen are delivering powerful performances that will more than likely get them some awards recognition.

Homeland executive producer Gideon Raff wrote and directed all of The Spy, with co-writing from Max Perry on episodes 3-6. Since the limited series is based on real-life events, there is a pressure to get everything right, which is why it was a wise choice to go with a limited series as opposed to a feature-length movie to give better insight into Eli Cohen's efforts. For fans who are only used to seeing Sacha Baron Cohen as outlandish characters pulling pranks on people, this will be a huge change and hopefully hints at more dramatic roles down the line for the actor/comedian.

The Spy will premiere September 6th, exclusively on Netflix. Eli Cohen is one of the most legendary spies in history and his "actions, connections and immense sacrifice have had lasting consequences, shaping the Middle East of today." This will also serve as a history lesson for a lot of people who were unaware of Cohen and his efforts. Israeli director Gideon Raff enjoys taking deep dives into world history and putting it into focus on the screen. He is behind Homeland and Prisoners of War, with his most recent project, The Red Sea Diving Resort, hitting Netflix too. The latest movie stars Captain America actor Chris Evans.

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