Haifa Wahbi heads off to Hollywood

Published February 18th, 2004 - 02:00 GMT

This Friday Lebanese singer Haifa Wahbi will be the guest of honor on the Lebanese Broadcasting Channel LBC show "Star Academy", after forwarding her appearance on the show, which was supposed to be at a later date. Haifa stressed that if she is to be a guest she must appear this Friday otherwise she would not be able to make it due to her urgent upcoming trip to the United States of America. 


According to the London based daily, Al Sharq Al Awsat, Haifa's visit to the US will last three weeks where she will meet Lebanese film producer Elie Samaha, who is the Chairman/CEO of Franchise Pictures, which has fast become one of the most prolific production and co-financing companies in the entertainment industry. Haifa has been nominated to be in Elie's upcoming film "Ali Baba" alongside international actor Antonio Bandares and Lebanese singer Wael Kfoury. 


Samaha was currently on a visit to his roots in Lebanon with Oscar winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr.. The purpose of the visit was mainly studying the idea of a new movie, in which Wahbi is be in leading her towards international stardom.  


"She is very cute," Samaha said of Haifa with whom he has lately been nightclubbing in Beirut along with Gooding Jr. and Lebanese singer Wael Kfouri, who hails from Samaha's hometown of Zahleh. Samaha confirmed that he is planning to introduce Kfouri in the new film "Ali Baba" in which Antonio Banderas stars. "But Kfouri is not going to be the only lucky one… Haifa may well steal the limelight." The film falls under the action genre and is scheduled to be filmed in the United States of America, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.  


Samaha has recently worked as a producer on Get Carter and Driven with Sylvester Stallone; The Pledge, starring Jack Nicholson and directed by Sean Penn; The Caveman’s Valentine starring Samuel L. Jackson; Angel Eyes with Jennifer Lopez and Heist, starring Gene Hackman and written and directed by David Mamet.  


Wahbi has been the phenomenon of the year 2003; she had her own style in singing and offered something new that none of her competitors did before. She did not claim to be a singer, and instead she insists to referred to as a performer, which is what she likes to call herself. She was able to take her popularity internationally and became the center of talks and lights, which ended by being personally interviewed on the international television network CNN.  


Haifa disclosed that CNN had reflected a bright point of view about Lebanon and the people and expressed her happiness to be one of Lebanon's friendly faces. She added that she felt very proud as the cameras" onmouseover="window.status = 'goto: cameras';return 1" onmouseout="window.status=''">cameras were following her and showing the amount of appreciation people hold towards her and her art. –Albawaba.com 

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