Syrian actor, Taim Hassan has signed on to direct and star in the film “Al-Zeer Salem”.
“I have signed a contract with MBC group, represented by MBC Studios, for film ‘Zeer Salem’. I will direct and portray the character of Al-Zeer Salem. This is my first step in directing” he wrote on Facebook.
The film is scripted by Bashar Abbas and will begin principal photography at the end of next year.
The project was first announced in 2020 with Hassan on board; late filmmaker Hatem Ali was attached to the project as director and Ziad Adwan as a writer.
Ali’s death suspended the production for a long period until Hassan took charge of the project.
The duo had previously worked together in several series such as “The Philanderer Salem”, “Saladin”, “Taifas”, and “King Farouk”.
In 1980, the actor moved to the capital Damascus with his family, where he lived and studied to join the High Institute for Dramatic Arts in 2001.
Hassan was first rejected and then re-applied to be admitted at the same time when renowned actor Gamal Soleiman was the head of the judging panel. He finished his studies and graduated in 2001.
Since his graduation, the actor was able to establish himself by taking influential roles in some of the most renowned Syrian television series.
Hassan achieved fame in Syria through a number of highly acclaimed and extremely successful Syrian series most notably “Saladin”, “Taifas”, “Nizar Qabbani”, and “The Waiting”.
In 2007, he received his title role in the Egyptian series “King Farouk”, which established him as one of the leading stars in the Arab world and earned him a best actor award.