Netflix's first-ever original Arab series Jinn is coming to the online streaming platform this summer and it looks pretty cool.
Earlier this week, the first official images of the upcoming supernatural thriller drama were uploaded on Twitter. The photos featured the show's young cast and stills from its sets and they've caught people's attention on social media.
The five-episode series was announced by Netflix last year and is being filmed in Jordan. It follows a group of teenagers whose "lives are disrupted when a Jinn in the form of a teenage boy appears to them in the ancient city of Petra."
This marks Netflix's second work in the region, after Adel Karam: Live from Beirut stand-up comedy show, but its first original series.
Jinn features Middle Eastern talent and is executively produced by Elan and Rajeev Dassani (SEAM). It's directed by Lebanese filmmaker Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya, who's well known for his 2015 hit feature Very Big Shot.
At the time of the series announcement, Bou Chaaya expressed his excitement at heading the project, saying:
"This is a great opportunity to portray Arab youth in a very unique way. The level of authenticity Netflix is trying to achieve with this show is definitely what attracted me the most to be part of this project."
Arabs are certainly excited
"I am going to be one of its first viewers"
"A historic move for Netflix"
Not everyone praised this first look at the series, though
"Not because it's Arab and stuff, but the images from the series aren't exciting at all. Let's wait and see."
Some felt the images mimic scenes from another Netflix show
"I didn't ask for an Arabized version of Elite."
But Netflix refuted such claims
"The Jolly Chic version of Elite.
Netflix: It has nothing to do with it."
Not the first time Netflix gives us a sneak peak of Jinn's cast
Last year, several photos of the show's young cast were posted on Netflix MENA's official Twitter page.
In their tweet, Netflix MENA revealed the names of the main characters, Fahed, Keras, Yassin, Layla, Vera, Mira, Hassan, and Jameel, who are expected to deliver a good show.