Apple’s fall TV season will kick off with Tehran, a spy drama about a young Israeli agent trying to destroy an Iranian nuclear reactor. Apple revealed on Tuesday that the series will debut Friday, September 25 on Apple TV+.
Tehran could jump from the headlines to Apple TV+
The action centers on Tamar Rabinyan, a young Mossad hacker-agent on a mission to neutralize Iranian radar so a nuclear reactor can be destroyed. But she fails, and must hide out with young opponents of the Iranian regime. Living in the underground, she falls in love with a pro-democracy activist. But she never gives up on her mission.
The show stars Israeli actress Niv Sultan as Tamar. Her nemesis, Iranian security officer Faraz Mehmet, is played by veteran actor Shaun Toub, who appeared in Homeland, Iron Man and Crash. But Tehran won’t make Iranians generic bad guys. Director Danny Syrkin said he wanted to paint Iranians in a positive and realistic light.
The show, shot in Hebrew and Farsi (with English subtitles), also features plenty of handheld camera work to give it an edgy, modern feel.
The first three episodes will debut Sept. 25, 2020. The remainder of the eight-episode series will come out weekly, every Friday.
Saving Apple TV+
Production work on all the TV shows Apple planned to play this autumn is still shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. That forced the company to look elsewhere. It partnered with Cineflix Rights and Israeli network Kan 11 to co-produce Tehran.
Apple made the same sort of deal to international rights to Losing Alice, which the company calls “a neo-noir psychological thriller.” Produced in Israel, it’ll be on Apple TV+ later this year.
Watching either requires a $4.99 a month subscription. However, Cupertino includes a one-year free subscription with the purchase of many Apple devices.