HBO Films and the BBC are co-producing a four-hour miniseries that recounts the 24-year reign of Saddam Hussein.
The four-part miniseries, titled “Between Two Rivers,” will offer a detailed look at the inner workings of Saddam’s family and his relationship with his closest advisers and shed light on his 1979-2003 reign as president of Iraq.
Yigal Naor (“Munich”) is set to play Saddam, while Oscar-nominated actress Shoreh Aghdashloo (“House of Sand and Fog”) will play his wife Sajida. Another wife, Samira, will be portrayed by Christine Stephen-Daly (“The Bill”).
Saddam’s half brother Barzan Ibrahim will be played by Said Taghmaoui (the upcoming films “Vantage Point,” “Kite Runner”). His sons Uday and Qusay will be played by Philip Arditti (“Really”) and Mounir Margoum (“Rue des figuiers”), respectively.
Uri Gavriel (“The Band’s Visit”) has been tapped for the role of Ali Hassan al-Majid, Saddam’s cousin, who also is known as “Chemical Ali.” (He was sentenced to death by an Iraqi high court over the weekend.)
[Read More: Hollywood Reporter]