International movie star returns to Dubai to complete filming on Vanguard which is set to be released next year
International superstar Jackie Chan has hailed Dubai as a "good place to film" after returning to work on his latest movie Vanguard.
The city’s exceptional production infrastructure, support services and exciting backdrops make it an ideal place to film movies, he said in comments published by state news agency WAM.
The action movie star said: "I am happy to be back in Dubai three years after the shooting of Kung Fu Yoga. Dubai is a good place to film. This is why I have come back. I will come back again and again in the future."
Compared to some other countries, Dubai fulfills all the promises it makes, he added.
Vanguard will wrap up the Dubai section of its filming by the weekend and is being shot in the emirate through a collaboration between Shanghai Lix Entertainment Co Ltd, Dubai-based Alkatraz Production and Line Producer Maxine de Vere.
Directed Stanley Tong, the movie has been shot extensively in Dubai in various places including Dubai Studio City, Downtown Dubai, City Walk and its surroundings, with the support of the Dubai Film and TV Commission (DFTC).
The Dubai leg of the filming will be completed in a total of 30 days. Vanguard is expected to be released globally next year.
The film also features 20 local actors who have been cast by a local talent agency, as well as 10 feature artists and over 500 extras.
Jamal Al Sharif, chairman of Dubai Film and TV Commission, said: "Dubai continues to attract blockbuster movies from the major film production markets of the world and we are happy to embrace all of them. The filming of Jackie Chan’s new movie in Dubai further reinforces the city’s growing profile as a hub for big global film productions.
"Dubai offers a one-stop-shop of services and a superior production infrastructure for filmmakers to produce movies with ease and efficiency. Entities from both the government and private sector have been working with Dubai Film and TV Commission to seamlessly facilitate the production of Vanguard. I thank them for their exceptional support for this movie’s filming in Dubai."
Dubai has been featured as the backdrop of several big-budget international blockbusters, including Syriana (2005), Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011) Fast and Furious (2009), Star Trek Beyond (2016) and a host of major Bollywood movies including Happy New Year (2014).