Tyrant is a FX's new series set in the fictional Middle Eastern nation, Abbudin.
Bassam "Barry" Al-Fayeed escaped from his dictator father and homeland to make a new life for himself in America as a pediatrician. After twenty years away, he returns to Abbudin with his wife and two teenage children for his nephew's wedding.
Barry expects the stay in Abbudin to be short, but his father has other plans. The elder Al-Fayeed wants Barry to take a leadership role in the regime, which creates turmoil for the entire family.
Meet the eclectic characters from Tyrant and the cast who will be portraying them.
Barry is a pediatrician living in Pasadena who has kept his Abbudin family history a secret. He returns to his family home after 20 years away to attend his nephew's wedding. While there, his father wants him to step into a leadership role in Abbudin.
Jamal is Barry's older brother and next in line for the presidency. He's a charmer, brutal, and power hungry. He's married to Leila, but has other women on the side. He has a contentious relationship with his brother.
Sammy is Barry's 16 year old son. He's drawn to the extravagant lifestyle at the palace and grows closer to his uncle. He's also gay and makes a connection during the wedding despite the dangers of the relationship.
Abdul works security for the Al-Fayeed family as is tradition for men in his family. He's gay and must keep that part of his identity hidden. He becomes attracted to Sammy Al-Fayeed during the wedding.