Lior Raz was relaxed however projected star quality as he showed up on a question and answer session following what was charged as a virtual premiere of his new Netflix series, Hit & Run, toward the end of last week.
The series will start streaming on Netflix all throughout the world on August 6, and it is charged as Netflix’s first original Israeli series.
Met by American actor/comedian Nick Kroll, Raz talked confidently in Hebrew-accented English as he depicted making the suspenseful, twist-filled series, which was cocreated with his Fauda partner, Avi Issacharoff.
Hit & Run costars Sanaa Lathan (Love & Basketball), who likewise showed up in the question and answer session following the episode.
“You will never guess anything till the end. It’s like, everything you think of – it’s totally the opposite, and this is what makes a good show, I think,” Raz said.
The first episode fixates on Segev (Raz), a previous Israeli intelligence agent who is presently a jovial, divorced Tel Aviv tour guide, investing as much time as possible with his cute young daughter.
His girlfriend, an American named Danielle (Kaelen Ohm) who dances for the Batsheva Dance Company, is wanting to return to the US for an audition when she is struck by a vehicle and killed (this isn’t a spoiler; it’s in the trailer).
As Segev manages his shock and investigates the police examination of the incident – the police speculate a hidden world figure in her death – he becomes persuaded that the cops are hiding key proof and that there is something else entirely to the occurrence. He reconnects with an old companion, Naomi (Lathan), an American writer, to attempt to make quick work of it.
Different stars in the first episode included Lior Ashkenazi as an intelligence official and Moran Rosenblatt, almost unrecognizable as a blonde, pregnant Israeli, who is likewise working in intelligence.
Segev presumes that Danielle’s death was not an accident and understands that he should make a beeline for New York to sort out the truth.
It’s an excitingly shot series that shows Tel Aviv at its best and even highlights Segev going to a dance performance featuring Danielle.
Given the startling overall accomplishment of Fauda on Netflix, a show in Hebrew and Arabic, Raz said that he didn’t figure it would be an issue that a substantial portion of the dialogue in Hit & Run is in Hebrew.
“It’s not just an English-speaking show; it’s for everyone,” he said, referencing Netflix’s 190 million subscribers worldwide.
“We don’t have money to produce shows in Israel, so you have to be very creative to produce a good show, and you have to think out of the box to invest in your characters and in the relationship between your characters and the emotional journeys of your characters; and I think this is the secret for a good story and a good drama,” Raz said.
Lathan said, as preparation for her role, “I got to do some research on real black Jews in America.”
Raz said the next season would be shot in October and, asked what its focus would be, he kidded, “I could tell you everything, but then I’d have to kill you, and I don’t want to, so let’s leave it like that.”