By Tim Kenneally
FX is ready to get tyrannical with its latest project.
The cable network has given a series order to the drama “Tyrant,” from “Homeland” duo Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff.
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The series, which is set to begin production in March in Tel Aviv, is expected to premiere next summer.
Starring Adam Rayner, Jennifer Finnigan and Ashraf Barhom, “Tyrant” revolves around an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.
Bassam “Barry” Al Fayeed, the younger son of the dictator of a war-torn nation, ends a self-imposed 20-year exile to return to his homeland, accompanied by his American wife and children, for his nephew’s wedding.
Barry’s reluctant homecoming leads to a dramatic clash of cultures as he is thrown back into the familial and national politics of his youth.
Raff created the series and wrote the pilot, developing the series with Gordon and Craig Wright (“Six Feet Under,” “Lost.”) “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” director David Yates directed the pilot.
John Landgraf, CEO of FX Netork and FX Productions, predicted that “Tryant” would be a groundbreaking series.
“With ‘Tyrant,’ Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff and Craig Wright have produced a beautiful television pilot that will be a groundbreaking television series,” Landgraf said. “’Tyrant’ introduces characters and a world that have never been explored in a dramatic television series format. There is a reason a bidding war broke out over this project: it grabs you as all great epics do and simply refuses to let go.”