Anthony Mackie, Aiysha Hart to star in Rupert Wyatt's Saudi-set 'Desert Warrior'
The stage is set for an epic confrontation when Arabian princess Hind Hart refuses to become the concubine of the ruthless Emperor Kisra Kingsley.MBC Studios, the production arm of prominent Middle East broadcaster MBC Group, has teamed up with American producer Jeremy Bolt and Stuart Fords AGC Studios on the film.Desert Warrior is being touted as Saudi Arabias first tentpole movie and native MBCs biggest production to date.
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British filmmaker Rupert Wyatt, best known for ''Rise of the Planet of the Apes'', will direct the movie.
The tale takes place at a time when Saudi Arabia was made up of feuding tribes forever at loggerheads. The stage is set for an epic confrontation when Arabian princess Hind (Hart) refuses to become the concubine of the ruthless Emperor Kisra (Kingsley).
''Desert Warrior'' is being touted as Saudi Arabia's first tentpole movie and native MBC's biggest production to date. The shoot is expected to continue for three more months, a statement said.
Zeinab Abu Alsamh, MBC Studios KSA general manager, called the film ''a testament to our ambition towards producing premium content for global audiences'' and underlined that it is ''a tale of adventure, with a fierce female hero at the forefront of the story''.
''Attracting a production of the scale of 'Desert Warrior' as our first feature film highlights the confidence the film industry has in our ability to deliver a seamless production experience,'' added Wayne Borg, managing director of media industries at NEOM.
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