By Matt Fortune
Hollywood star will attend an invite-only screening of the blockbuster film on August 7 at VOX Cinemas, Deira City Centre
Will Smith will attend a special screening of Suicide Squad in Dubai on August 7.
The Hollywood superstar, who plays Floyd 'Deadshot' Lawton in the movie, will appear at a red carpet event at VOX Cinemas, Deira City Centre. The event itself will be invite only, although fans are expected to turn up in their droves to see the actor.
Suicide Squad looks set to be one of the biggest releases of the summer - it is already the most anticipated after more than a year of teasers, trailers, snippets and sneak peeks - telling the tale of a gaggle of dangerous villains thrown together by a secret government agency to defeat an altogether more threatening foe.
Also starring Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis and Cara Delevingne it looks set to be the flagship franchise for DC Comics in their on-going battle with Marvel on the big screen.
Smith is no stranger to Dubai, having made the emirate a holiday hotspot for him and his whole family for a number of years.
Most famously, on New Year's Eve 2014, he appeared on stage at Barasti for a one-off, and unannounced, show with long-term friend DJ Jazzy Jeff.
With wife Jada Pinkett-Smith (the trip had been to celebrate their wedding anniversary) in the crowd, he surprised the sell-out crowd with an impromptu performance of Gettin' Jiggy Wit It and other big hits from his back catalogue.
Later that year, Smith returned with his youngest son Jaden and took to the skies above Dubai Marina before hurling himself our of a plane with the team from Skydive Dubai.
Jaden himself has also made the trip to the UAE, with sister Jaden for an appearance last year at Dubai Mall's Dubai Summer Surprises.
Speaking recently about his children's reaction to Suicide Squad, Will said: "This is the type of thing that, no matter how cool you think you are, your kids think you suck. This is like the first time where like I'm cool for real.
"The Suicide Squad, I don't know what it is, but something about this idea and something about this cast has really captured something. So my kids are doing what I say, at least for the next couple of months."
Big Will was back in October that year with Jada.
He's the latest in a line of Hollywood stars to visit the UAE. Most recently it was Jeff Goldblum and Liam Hemsworth, both of whom were promoting Independence Day Resurgence, the follow up to the 1996 smash hit that made Smith a superstar.For all the latest art news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
Smith coming to Deira City Centre? Not MoE or Dubai Mall or City Walk? Wouldn't these be slightly more appropriate for a Hollywood blockbuster star? I've always thought of Deira City Centre as more of a Bollywood star venue.
Can you be any more racist Mick??? What is that supposed to even mean? What is so special about a Hollywood star that he can't enter Deira City Center but a Bollywood star can?
Oh dear Mick, you've not covered yourself in glory there. Not a bit....
Man, I wish we could vote posts here. Yours would probably the "Most colourful ever post Award"