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Rhys Meyers filming Syria spy thriller


Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Jonathan Rhys Meyers and John Hurt are about to begin work on a new spy thriller set in Syria.

Damascus Cover is based on the best-selling 1977 novel by Howard Kaplan and has been reset in 1989, centring on a veteran spy sent undercover to smuggle a chemical weapons scientist and his family out of Damascus.

Rhys Meyers and the rest of the cast are about to start shooting on location, with Casablanca in Morocco doubling for the Syrian capital.

The Tudors star (inset) said: "I'm enormously excited about this role. This was a hugely significant time in the conflict in the Middle East, post-Cold War and with the collapse of the Berlin Wall when an amount of spies were redeployed to the Middle East, where the theatre of covert operations would now take precedence."

The thriller also stars American actress Olivia Thirlby, Green Zone's Yigal Naor, The Da Vinci Code's Jurgen Prochnow and Homeland's Navid Negahban.