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Navid Negahban

Amahl Farouk / The Shadow King
Navid Negahban portrays “Amahl Farouk,” the villain with a thousand faces, aka the Shadow King. He is an ancient mutant who resided in David’s mind for 30 years. Farouk is a trickster with a wicked sense of humor who delights in using his mental influence to turn the world upside down for those around him. Sometimes called “the man of a thousand faces,” Navid Negahban is most widely regarded for his portrayal of “Abu Nazir” on the Emmy® Award-winning series Homeland opposite Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin and Damian Lewis. His quiet and composed portrayal of the dangerous al-Qaeda leader won him worldwide recognition and made his character a household name after just two seasons. Negahban is currently filming Disney’s remake of Aladdin, directed by Guy Ritchie. In this live-action retelling of the classic 1992 animated film, he stars opposite Will Smith, Naomi Scott and Mena Massoud. Negahban most recently starred in the war drama Twelve Strong: The Story of the Horse Soldiers starring opposite Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon and Michael Peña. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Black Label Media, the film follows a team of U.S. Special Forces who head into Afghanistan following the aftermath of September 11th and enlist the help of a local warlord to fight off Taliban forces. He recently starred in American Assassin for CBS Films opposite Michael Keaton, Dylan O’Brien, Sanaa Lathan and Taylor Kitsch. Produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, the film reunites Negahban with Homeland executive producer Michael Cuesta, the film’s director. He also starred in Sand Castle alongside Henry Cavill and Nicholas Hoult. Additional film credits include the espionage thriller Damascus Cover opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Olivia Thirlby and John Hurt, and Gerard Barrett‘s Brain on Fire, which premiered at the 2016 Toronto Film Festival. Based on Susannah Cahalan’s memoir of the same name, Negahban starred opposite Chloë Grace Moretz, Richard Armitage, Carrie-Anne Moss, Thomas Mann and Jenny Slate. Negahban also starred in the independent film Baba Joon, inspired by director Yuval Delshad’s life. The film follows three generations of men who struggle to manage a ramshackle turkey farm in an isolated desert community of Farsi-speakers. Negahban portrays “Yitzhak,” who has given his life to the farm and wants nothing more than to see his young son take over his life’s work. The film premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and went on to win five Ophir Awards, the equivalent of the Israeli Oscar. Negahban is a stand-out in Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, where he portrayed “Sheikh Al-Obodi,” an Iraqi local paid to help the snipers locate their targets. The film went on to be the top grossing film of 2014 and was nominated for countless awards including six Academy Award® nominations. Other feature credits include significant supporting roles in Brothers starring Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal; Charlie Wilson’s War starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Amy Adams; and Words and Pictures with Clive Owens and Juliette Binoche. Negahban also stars in Henry Hughes’ Day One which was nominated for an Oscar for Best Short Film – Live Action in 2015. Negahban also drew critical praise as “Jamot” on the final season of 24 and has a diverse television portfolio including guest work on Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Catch, Scorpion, Law & Order: SVU, Veep, The Messengers, CSI:NY, The Closer, The West Wing, Without a Trace and The Shield, among others. Negahban recently received a historic BAFTA nomination for his performance as “Hajj Agha” in the video game “1979 Revolution: Black Friday,” marking the first time a Middle Eastern and Muslim actor has been nominated in this category. The game, based on the Iranian revolution, was granted support from the Doris Duke Foundation in partnership with Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Program for the Islamic Art’s New Frontier Fellowship. Born in Mashhad, Iran, Negahban caught the acting bug at the age of eight, when his portrayal of an old man drew laughter from a large audience at an elementary school play. His passion for acting led him to Germany where he spent eight years honing his theatrical skills prior to arriving in the United States. He is fluent in English, Farsi and German. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, studying anthropology, shooting pool, driving and playing poker.