Film stars flock to UAE to shoot Hollywood flick
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Arab fans are up for a treat this March as Hollywood hunks Liam Hemsworth, Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson and renowned actor Anthony Hopkins are set to film the remake of “Arabian Nights” in the UAE, a newspaper reported.
Gulf News said the $90 million film, directed by Chuck Russell, will feature Hopkins as a villain while Hemsworth is rumored to play the role of Ali Baba.
The group is expected to shoot the film in Abu Dhabi and Al-Ain.
“We have got the necessary approvals and the photography [will] begin in March,” the newspaper quoted Mohammad Saeed Al-Mazroui, president of Sky Events Management in Abu Dhabi, as saying.
Kazakhstan was initially chosen, however, it is unclear if the UAE is an addition to the location or if the entire set has been moved to the Gulf country.
“The UAE has an incredibly beautiful nature which made it a spectacular venue for international actors and creators to use it whether as a leisure entertainment place or as a working place,” Mazroui said.
Produced by Mayhem Pictures, the film will tell a story of a young commander who joins forces with Sinbad to save Scheherazade. According to the legendary tale, Scheherazade is the wife of a sultan and at the same time the narrator of the story.
Russell said last year that he was planning to use “state-of-the-art 3D technology to give audiences a carpet ride like they’ve never seen before.”
“A Nightmare on Elm Street 3,” “The Mask,” and “The Scorpion King” are some of the hit-films directed by Russell.
The movie is expected to hit theatres late 2013 or early 2014.
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