Netflix has released a series of images offering a first look at its upcoming Hend Sabry project, which marks the Egyptian-Tunisian star’s return to one of her famous characters for the first time in 10 years.
Entitled Finding Ola, the Arabic series will continue the adventures of young pharmacist Ola Abdel Sabour after she first appeared in the 2010 comedy-drama Ayza Atgawez (I Want to Get Married).
The original series followed Ola as she goes through a handful of prospective fiances in a bid to get married before she turns 30.
The Netflix series, which was announced earlier this year, will feature many of the elements that made the original show a hit. It will revolve around Ola’s attempts at reinventing herself, juggling her career as a pharmacist and her attempts at finding love. A release date has yet to be announced.
“Ola may be older and wiser, but she is still exploring who she is as a woman while trying to find the balance between her role as a mother, wife and entrepreneur,” says Netflix. “An inspirational story of self-discovery and new beginnings, the six-episode series will follow Ola as she navigates life’s many challenges.”
Joining Sabry is another renowned Egyptian actress Sawsan Badr, who will take up the role of Ola’s mother, Suhair, and Hany Adel, who will star as Ola’s husband Hisham. From Japan to Egypt star Nada Moussa, Maktoub actress Dalia Shawky and It's Okay, Buddy actor Mahmoud Ellithy have also joined the cast.
The show, directed by Hadi El-Bagoury, will also feature numerous cameos by Arab talents, including Kingdoms of Fire star Khaled El Nabawy.
The characters in the series are inspired by writer Ghada Abdel Aal, who penned the original show.
Sabry is also billed as an executive producer on the show, through her company Salam Productions, in co-operation with Partner Pro and executive producer Amin El Masri.
Finding Ola is the latest Netflix Original effort to come out of the Arab world. The streaming platform released its critically-acclaimed AlRawabi School for Girls in August, launched a new season of the hit Saudi show Takki earlier this month and just put out its first Arabic reality series The Fastest.