Netflix’s first Saudi thriller series is almost here

The new Saudi thriller will premiere in June. (Supplied)
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Updated 28 May 2020

Netflix’s first Saudi thriller series is almost here

DUBAI: Netflix’s first Saudi thriller original series will be an eight-episode drama entitled “Whispers,” it has been revealed. The series will begin streaming on June 11, 2020 in 190 countries and will be subtitled in over 20 languages.

Produced by the Saudi Entertainment Phenomena Company “EP Saudi” and written by Roolan Hassan, the Hana Alomair-directed show tells the story of a family who face the death of the family patriarch, whose mysterious past resurfaces days before the expected launch of his company’s new smart application. 

“We believe that great stories can come from anywhere and be loved everywhere,” said Nuha Eltayeb, Director of content acquisitions for the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey at Netflix. “We are thrilled to be offering the new series to all our users in 190 countries and to be giving them the chance to discover great Arabic content that is full of mysterious twists.”

The Hana Alomair-directed show tells the story of a family who face the death of the family patriarch. (Supplied)

The series features a cast of newcomers from the Middle East that includes Shaimaa Al-Fadl, Mysoon Alruwaily, Elham Ali, Nada Tawhid, Norah Alanbar, and Leila Arabi, in addition to actors Ali Al-Sharif, Osama Al-Qass, Mohamed Ali alongside seasoned actor Abdul Mohsen Alnimer.

Alomair said in a statement: “‘Whispers’ is a Saudi-produced dramatic thriller series that offers a new take on storytelling and marks my first time working with the great actor, Abdul Mohsen  Alnimer. The series also features several unconventional female characters who truly embody the reasons why this project is so close to my heart. I am very proud that Netflix decided to make the series available to their 183 million subscribers worldwide and I hope viewers in Saudi Arabia, the GCC, the Arab region and beyond will enjoy it.”

Gigi Hadid is adding voice actor to her résumé

Updated 01 October 2020

Gigi Hadid is adding voice actor to her résumé

DUBAI: Gigi Hadid has added a voice actor to her ever-growing résumé. The part-Palestinian model and new mom recently made a cameo on the latest episode of cartoon series “Scooby Doo & Guess Who.” 

The 25-year-old teased her upcoming role as part of the ‘Mystery Inc’ gang in the second season of the popular children’s cartoon via a sneak-peek clip of her appearance in the cartoon show. “IT’S ME & THE MYSTERY GANG !!!!!!?!!!! Tune in to ‘Scooby Doo & Guess Who?’ TOMORROW,” she captioned the post.

Hadid, who welcomed a baby girl with her partner, former One Direction star Zayn Malik, last week, will feature in the program as herself.

Wearing a pink crop top and slim trousers, Hadid is called upon by character Velma to help the gang solve a fashion mystery.

“Velma, you know Gigi Hadid?” asks Shaggy incredulously, prompting Velma to respond: “Gigi and I took a few criminal psychology courses together.” Fans of Hadid may know that the California-bred model actually studied Criminal Psychology at The New School in New York in 2013, before suspending her studies to focus on her modeling career.

Hadid’s appearance in Scooby-Doo can be watched on Oct. 1, on Boomerang’s streaming service, however, the service is available for those located in the United States.

Comedian and social media star Liza Koshy is also set to guest-star in the series. 

The Palestinian-Dutch model follows in the footsteps of Halsey, Ricky Gervais and Wanda Sykes, who have previously guest starred on the show.