Zoe Saldana, Director Reed Morano Team For ‘Sabaya,’ Backstory Of The 2015 U.S. Special Forces Raid That Started Isis Crumble

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Zoe Saldana, Director Reed Morano Team For ‘Sabaya,’ Backstory Of The 2015 U.S. Special Forces Raid That Started Isis Crumble
Exclusive: Zoe Saldana will star in Sabaya, a fact-based thriller that Reed Morano (The Handmaid’s Tale) will direct based on a William Monahan script about the unlikely circumstances that made possible a 2015 U.S. Special Forces raid that killed a top Isis leader and started the downfall of the radical Islamic State.

Saldana will play a female CIA officer who befriended a recently escaped Isis sex slave, or “sabaya.” The 15-year-old Yazidi girl can neither read nor write, but as she works with the teen to piece together her harrowing odyssey out of Syria, the CIA officer finds that the abused girl has pinpointed the nerve center of the Caliphate. The subsequent dramatic raid on the site of the young woman’s captivity results in the capture of intelligence that would spell the end of the Islamic State.

The story comes from Spycraft Entertainment, a production company headed by Grant
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