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KINGDOMS OF FIRE
By: Adam Sullivan
International Egyptian Actor Khaled Nabawy, the Mel Gibson of the Middle East, as Tuman in Kingdoms of Fire
The producer of the series is Yasser Hareb
Kingdoms of Fire is directed by Peter Webber.
The story of the kingdoms of fire, a dynamic war of two worlds as the Ottoman’s strive to occupy Cairo. Sultan Selim I is faced with the opposition of the people of Cairo led by the knight turned Mamluk leader Tuman.
“Written by Mohamed Suleiman Abdel-Malek and Ahmed Nada and directed by British Peter Weber, Mamalek El-Nar stars many Arab actors including Mahmoud Nasr, Kinda Hanna, Rashid Assaf, Mona Wassef and Egyptian star Khaled El-Nabawy who plays the role of Tuman Bay II, the last Sultan of the Mamelukes in Cairo.
“This character is the one I wanted to play the most in my entire life,” the 53-year-old Egyptian actor was quoted in Al-Ahram on Thursday, adding that the series “is the fruit of 15 months of hard work, between August 2018 and October 2019.”
“Tuman Bay is the man of the people who said the famous quote ‘I am leaving and Egypt will remain’. He is the knight of all ages who sacrificed his life for the sake of his country and refused to rule for a long time before circumstances forced him out,” added El-Nabawy, who was introduced to cinema by director Youssef Chahine in 1994 before starring in many important films and TV series, proving his talent as an actor.
“El-Nabawy has also shown excitement over broadcasting on the Arab widely seen Saudi network, praising the “generous production and harmonised cooperation” with the directors and producers.
“Mamalek El-Nar is produced by Genomedia, a production company founded in 2016 by Yasser Hareb, who describes their core mission as “to invest all of our resources to enlighten and inspire people for the sake of a better future for mankind.”
“We are proud to announce the serial, which we hope will start a new phase in the Arab drama, and we are proud to begin its broadcast on MBC,” Hareb was quoted as saying to several Saudi media platforms.”