Chris Evans is set to headline the ensemble cast of Gideon Raff’s The Red Sea Diving Resort
Previously rumored, Chris Evans is now confirmed to headline the ensemble cast of writer director Gideon Raff’s The Red Sea Diving Resort. The Captain America star joins a confirmed cast of Haley Bennett, Alessandro Nivola, Michael K. Williams, Michiel Huisman, Alex Hassell and Mark Ivanir, alongside Academy Award nominee Greg Kinnear and Oscar winner Sir Ben Kingsley.
The Red Sea Diving Resort is based on one of the most remarkable rescue missions ever, the exodus of the Ethiopian Jews from Sudan to Israel in the early ’80s. Evans plays Ari Kidron, the Mossad agent who led the mission. The story begins in the late ’70s, when the spy agency was given an assignment far different from its usual cloak-and-dagger activities when it was ordered to help in the transfer of thousands of Ethiopian Jews who were stuck in refugee camps in Sudan and deliver them to the Jewish state. No stranger to action in enemy countries, the agency established a covert forward base in a deserted holiday village in Sudan and deployed a handful of operatives (including a team of Ethiopians on the ground) to launch and oversee the exodus to the Promised Land, by sea and by air, in the early 1980s. The Mossad’s Red Sea Diving Resort operated for five years and saved thousands of refugees and brought them to Israel.
The Red Sea Diving Resort is produced by Aaron L. Gilbert of Bron Studios, Alexandra Milchan of EMJAG Productions and Gideon Raff himself in association with Creative Wealth Media, whose Jason Cloth and Andy Pollack serve as executive producers.
The award-winning behind-the-scenes team on The Red Sea Diving Resort includes: Director Of Photography Roberto Schaefer (Quantum of Solace, Finding Neverland); Production Designer Jeff Mann (Transformers, Mr & Mrs. Smith); Costume Designer Ruth Myers (The Legend of Tarzan, The Golden Compass); Editor Tim Squyres (Unbroken, Life of Pi) and Casting Director Mary Vernieu (The Magnificent Seven, Suicide Squad).
Principal photography on The Red Sea Diving Resort begins on June 22 in South Africa and Namibia.
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