After 'Star Trek Beyond' brought a buzz to Dubai, it is now Abu Dhabi's turn to provide a temporary home for Hollywood as upcoming Netflix movie, 'War Machine' films scenes in the emirate.
And, over the weekend, hundreds of UAE residents of all ages were given the chance to star alongside the main man himself, Brad Pitt, as the cast and crew filmed in a selection of locations across the capital.
As with Star Trek, local casting agency, Miranda Davidson Studios, was again responsible for providing the cross section of background actors required for the scenes. Information regarding the casting calls - held throughout October - had requested 'physically fit' applicants with 'previous military experience' an advantage.
Over the past few days, local residents have reported various sightings of filming locations across the city, including mock government embassies constructed in quiet residential roads, the Abu Dhabi desert standing in for Afghanistan, and scenes being filmed within an airport setting.
Based on the late American journalist Michael Hasting’s book 'The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan', the satirical comedy is the biggest film to be produced by video-streaming platform Netflix and will be released exclusively via the service.
With a reported budget of US$60 million (Dh220 million), 'War Machine' also marks the Hollywood debut of Australian director David Michôd.
The film is the latest big-budget movie to take advantage of Abu Dhabi’s growing position as a production and content creation hub, supported by twofour54 and the Abu Dhabi Film Commission. Other recent productions to shoot in the UAE capital include 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' and 'Fast & Furious 7'.