American entertainment website Deadline Hollywood says Atias will be joined by actor Mehdi Dehbi. The series, which will be filmed in Morocco, tells the story of an average American family — Barry, Molly and their kids — drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.
Atias will play the role of Leila, the wife of Barry’s older brother Jamal and mother of Ahmed the bridegroom.
The pilot is raising a lot of interest in the United States. At first it was supposed to be directed by Oscar-winning director Ang Lee, but two months ago he pulled out of the drama due to exhaustion.
"It is one of the most brilliant ideas for a series that I’ve seen and one about which I was very excited. However, after spending over four years making and promoting 'Life of Pi,' I have recently realized that I need some rest," Lee explained during the Cannes Film Festival.
FX immediately began looking for a replacement, and chose David Yates ("Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix") to direct the pilot. Filming is scheduled to begin soon.
Yedioth Ahronoth contributed to this report