Saudi-born actress Dina Shihabi, has recently treated her fans to an exciting sneak peek of her upcoming Netflix limited series, "Painkiller." This highly anticipated series, set to be released on 10th August 2023, is sure to captivate audiences with its apparently, rather “gripping” storyline.
Shihabi, who hails from Riyadh, took to her Instagram account to share a series of stills from the miniseries, offering a glimpse into the enthralling world of "Painkiller." The series delves into the origins and aftermath of America's devastating opioid epidemic, shedding light on the profound impact it has had on society.
Expressing her excitement, Shihabi conveyed her gratitude for being part of this groundbreaking project, calling it one of the most incredible experiences of her life. She expressed her admiration for the talented individuals she worked with, stating, "One of the best experiences of my life with a group of the most talented people that I will love forever. Can't wait for you to watch."
In "Painkiller," Shihabi shares the screen with esteemed American actors Matthew Broderick, Uzo Aduba, and Canadian actor Taylor Kitsch. The series draws inspiration from the book "Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Origin of America's Opioid Epidemic" by Barry Meier, as well as the thought-provoking New Yorker article "The Family That Built an Empire of Pain" by Patrick Radden Keefe.
Shihabi's journey to success has been nothing short of remarkable. Having spent a part of her childhood in Dubai, the actress brings a diverse cultural background to her performances. Her father, Ali Shihabi, is a Saudi-Norwegian journalist, while her mother, Nadia, is of mixed Palestinian, German, and Haitian heritage.
In pursuit of her dreams, Shihabi relocated to the United States in 2007. She achieved a significant milestone as the first Middle Eastern-born woman to be accepted into the prestigious Juilliard School and New York University's graduate acting program. While she began her acting career with short films in 2010, her breakthrough came in 2017 when she portrayed the character of Hanin in the popular series "Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan."
Aside from her involvement in "Painkiller," Shihabi also stars in an upcoming movie titled "Catching Dust." Collaborating with renowned talents such as US actress Erin Moriarty and Australian stars Jai Courtney and Ryan Corr, Shihabi is set to deliver yet another exceptional performance. Audiences can anticipate the release of "Catching Dust" in June 2023.
As fans eagerly anticipate the release of "Painkiller" and "Catching Dust," Dina Shihabi's undeniable talent and remarkable achievements represent a new wave of Middle Eastern actors making a profound impact on the global entertainment industry.