Netflix just confirmed that Egyptian actor Ahmed Amin is set to be the star of the upcoming horror series, Paranormal. The series, based on late Egyptian author Ahmed Khaled Tawfik’s 81-novel series Ma Waraa’ Al Tabi’aa, is scheduled to go into production next month.
The show is the third Netflix original to be produced in the MENA region after Jinn and Al-Rawaby School for Girls. It's also worth mentioning that Mohamed Hefzy will be co-producing along with Amr Salama, who's also writing and directing the show.
Amin is set to play the main character, Dr. Refaat Ismail, a hematologist who comes across a series of supernatural events taking place in Egypt's 1960s. So far, Amin, whose first on-screen appearance was in Al-Waseya alongside Akram Hosny, is the only officially confirmed cast member. This leaves us with one question in mind: could Amin really pull off this role?
Ma Waraa’ Al Tabi’aa is basically a cherished childhood memory and a literary legacy to many and as much as the show is highly anticipated, as much as this makes a really tough challenge to the filmmakers. Meeting the audience's high expectations is no easy, and bringing a character such as Refaat Ismail to life is even a tougher challenge to both the actor and the director of the show. With a matter of fact, it's not just the cast members we're worried about. Bringing Tawfik's wild imagination to the screen would be the toughest challenge of all.
However, we strongly believe in our people and in Netflix, of course, and we really hope the result would meet international production standards. We can't wait for the release already!