Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds is in Abu Dhabi for the shoot of his latest film 6 Underground, the emirate’s media arm twofour54 has confirmed.
It released two pictures of the star along with director Michael Bay on set in the emirate.
The film’s cast and crew of over 300 people will spend 30 days in the UAE shooting at four locations, including Liwa desert, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah.
The production team is working closely with twofour54, which is providing full production services, including location assistance, permits and suppliers as well as catering, accommodation, travel and transportation.
The movie, produced by Netflix and Skydance Media, is a ‘fun edgy thriller’ from the writers of another Reynolds’ starrer Deadpool.
Ryan Reynolds said: “Shooting in Abu Dhabi is going to be one of the highlights of this production, although you’ll have to wait until the movie hits Netflix to find out why. We’ve only been here a few days so far, but the welcome from everyone has been amazing and I can’t wait to explore Abu Dhabi more.”
Michael Bay added: “Abu Dhabi is a unique place to make a movie, with a lot of great looks. It’s got the diversity and architecture I need in front of the camera — plus the professional facilities, crew and infrastructure to back it up.”
The Abu Dhabi Film Commission offers international projects a 30 per cent cash-back rebate on productions, including feature films, TV shows, commercials and music videos. This rebate also applies to airfares booked on Etihad Airways and accommodation in the city.
Since the rebate was introduced in 2013, over 60 productions from Hollywood, Bollywood and the Arab world have been shot in the emirate, according to twofour54.
These include blockbusters Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Furious 7, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Tiger Zinda Hai, Race 3 and Saaho.
The latest movie also marks the return of Netflix to Abu Dhabi, which filmed the comedy War Machine, starring Brad Pitt, in the emirate in 2015.
Maryam Eid AlMheiri, CEO of Media Zone Authority – Abu Dhabi and twofour54, said: “This has been a milestone year for our thriving media industry. Attracting quality international innovative productions to the capital is a testament to the thriving community and infrastructure we have built.”
It is estimated that one billion people around the world have seen Abu Dhabi on the silver screen because of the productions filmed there, twofour54 added.