Scottish action star Gerard Butler is heading to Saudi Arabia to shoot his new film Kandahar, which will see him reunited with director Ric Roman, who made Butler’s recent hits Greenland and Angel Has Fallen.
The film will shoot in Saudi Arabia later this year in the country’s AIUIa region, which recently launched a new film commission, with Saudi-owned TV company MBC co-producing and co-financing.
Waugh has co-scripted the thriller along with former military intelligence officer Mitchell LaFortune, with the story based on LaFortune’s time at the Defence Intelligence Agency in Afghanistan during the period of the Edward Snowden leaks.
Butler will play a Middle East-based undercover CIA man whose mission and identity is suddenly blown. He has to try and get himself and his translator out of a dangerous situation in the desert and also dodge the special forces teams hunting them.
Kandahar is being produced by Thunder Road Films’ Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee, G-Base’s Alan Siegel and Butler, and Christian Mercuri of The Capstone Group, which is also co-financing and handled international sales, with the film sold internationally to major territories such as France (Metropolitan) and Germany (Leonine).
Details on filming at AIUIa are here - Film AlUla