A chance at last to see the UAE’s star­ring role in War Ma­chine

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The wait is al­most over to see how the UAE looks in the Net­flix movie War Ma­chine, which stars Brad Pitt.

Af­ter all the trail­ers and hype, the film will be avail­able to stream glob­ally from Fri­day.

The mak­ing of the movie pro­vided a boost for the boom­ing UAE film-pro­duc­tion in­dus­try – it shot for al­most a month in Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah, bring­ing some of Hol­ly­wood’s big­gest stars, in­clud­ing Pitt, Ben Kings­ley, Will Poul­ter and Tilda Swin­ton to the coun­try.

It also cre­ated jobs for lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional cast and crew mem- bers. For the more than 2,000 ex­tras who ap­pear in the movie, the real ex­cite­ment will be about the pos­si­bil­ity of see­ing them­selves on screen more so than the film it­self.

“I was so happy when I heard that I would be fea­tured in the movie and couldn’t be­lieve when [cast­ing agent] Mi­randa [David­son] gave me the news I would be act­ing with Brad Pitt,” says Ab­dul Whab, an Abu Dhabi-raised Afghan, one of the ex­tras. “The whole day I thought as if I was dream­ing be­cause to work in Hol­ly­wood is like a dream for ev­ery­one and Mi­randa made that dream of mine come true.”

David­son has been the lo­cal cast­ing agent in the UAE for sever- al big Hol­ly­wood movies in re­cent years, in­clud­ing Fu­ri­ous 7. “Ev­ery project is dif­fer­ent, that’s what makes film ex­cit­ing,” she says. “Be­ing able to cast a movie with a mod­ern-day feel, with flashy cars and a jet-set­ting life­style like Fast and Fu­ri­ous 7, and then to turn around just over a year later and cast a film about war-torn Afghanistan – all in the UAE – makes me feel like my ef­forts in the coun­try have re­ally made a state­ment that says we can truly do any­thing when it comes to film.”

will be stream­ing on Net­flix. Check out Arts& Life on Sun­day for our re­view

Fran­cois Duhamel / Net­flix

Brad Pitt, left, in the film War Ma­chine.

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