Saudi production house, MBC Studios, is soon to release thriller The Devil’s Promise, penned by Tony Jordan with Colin Teague directing.

The Shahid Originals title stars a diverse cast including Egyptian lead Amr Youssef, Tunisia’s Aïcha Ben Ahmed, the US star Paula Patton, plus Fathy Abdel Wahab, Yaqoub Alfarhan, Ahmed Magdy, Ahmed Al Refaei, Mohamed Yousry, Mohamed Marzban, Khaled Kamal, Moataz Hisham, Mourad Makram, Amr Gamal, and the late Maha Abou Ouf.

Egyptian actress Nelly Karim features as guest star.

The Devil’s Promise launches on 16 September 2022 on Shahid VIP, the premium, subscription-based service of Arabic streaming platform Shahid.

“The Devil’s Promise” is MBC STUDIOS’ latest project with British screenwriter Tony Jordan (“Rashash”, “Blood Oath”, “EastEnders”, “Hustle”, “Life on Mars”) at the helm, alongside Anji Loman Field (“EastEnders”, “Doctors”, “Holby City”), Richard Bellamy (“Rashash”, “Let’s Go Home”), Sheikha Suha Al Khalifa (“Rashash”), and Radwa Shahine.

It’s helmed by Colin Teague, whose credits include “Rashash”, as well as “The Last Drop”, “Holby City”, “Torchwood”, “The Sarah Jane Adventures”, “Doctor Who”, and “Being Human”.

Worldwide distribution of “The Devil’s Promise” outside MENA, will be handled by MBC STUDIOS’ sales team including Katrina Neylon and Ronda Elbanna.

On the very day Ibrahim (played by Youssef) secures a gigantic project to redevelop a slum area of Cairo, his beloved wife Zeina (Ben Ahmed) is diagnosed with a rare, incurable brain tumour. Refusing to accept the prognosis, Ibrahim tries everything in his power to save her… going on to promise his soul to Iblis, AKA the devil, after his death.

However, following Zeina’s “miraculous” recovery, it soon becomes clear that Iblis has no plans of honouring the deal. With his soul already decaying, Ibrahim starts to transform from a mild-mannered gentleman to an aggressive, out-of-control and violent liability. Incensed at the injustice of this blatant breach of contract, and afraid for his future, Ibrahim becomes desperate for help.

In his search, he stumbles upon someone who could hold the key to him getting his soul back: Professor Jennifer Campbell (Patton), a grieving widow whose husband, Professor Aydan Alshareef – an expert on demonic possession – recently died in mysterious circumstances. Together, will they find answers against all supernatural odds?

Jon Creamer

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