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‘Fauda’ Season 4 Filming Moved From Ukraine to Hungary Amid ‘Uncertainty’ Over Russia Tensions

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Inbar Lavi (“Shani”) & Doron Ben David (“Steve”) in season 4 of “Fauda.” Photo: Elia Spinopolos.

Production for the fourth season of the hit Israeli television series “Fauda” was relocated to Hungary due to ongoing “tensions” in Ukraine, where filming was initially set to take place, Yes Studios’ outgoing managing director Danna Stern told The Algemeiner on Thursday.

A spokesperson for the Tel Aviv-based production and distribution company added, “Due to the current uncertainty in Ukraine and our tight schedule, production felt it was best to choose a new filming location abroad.” The eastern European country is facing the threat of an imminent invasion from neighboring Russia, according to Washington.

Filming in Israel for the 10-episode fourth season concluded recently and was set to continue in Ukraine but will now instead take place in “multiple set locations” across Budapest, the spokesperson said. Filming in Hungary has not began yet but will “start on schedule around mid-March.” The new season is still scheduled to air on Israel’s yes TV mid-2022 and will afterwards stream on Netflix.

A trailer and cast photos for the fourth season of “Fauda” were released in December. In the new season, the Israeli undercover unit will try to take down the Hezbollah terrorist group in Lebanon and Palestinian militants in the West Bank.

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Lior Raz will continue in the lead role as Doron. The show will also see the return of cast members Itzik Cohen, Rona-Lee Shimon, Idan Amedi, Doron Ben David, Yaacov Zada Daniel, and Meirav Shirom. New actors include Inbar Lavi (“Lucifer,” “Imposters”), Mark Ivanir (“Away”), Amir Boutrous (“The Crown,” “Aladdin”), Lucy Ayoub, and Loai Noufi (“Tyrant”).

“Fauda,” co-created by Raz and Avi Issacharoff, first aired in Israel in 2015 on yes TV and was picked up by Netflix the following year.  The series attracted audiences around the world, including in Iran, and became the first-ever Israeli show to be translated into Farsi.

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