Update: Abu Dhabi casting call this weekend for David Michôd’s “War Machine”

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Filming is scheduled to commence in Abu Dhabi in the next week.  According to The National:

“Locals have a second chance to land a role in the new Brad Pitt movie War Machine, which is due to start filming in Abu Dhabi in October.

Another casting session will be held this weekend at twofour54 Abu Dhabi’s Rotana Building. It was announced on the Facebook page of Miranda Davidson Studios, which is handling the casting of extras and previously organised the casting of local extras for the Furious 7 shoot in the capital.

The sessions will take place on Friday, October 16 and Saturday, October 17, from 2pm to 8pm.

Insiders tell us the team is looking in particular for former military personnel with specialised weapons experience, as well as less-experienced players that have a “military look about them”.

One hopeful who attended a previous session told us: “I was advised that this would be a great opportunity for young college students to play fresh army recruits”.

The casting team have also been to Ras Al Khaimah and Al Ain looking for extras to play “Afghan villagers”.

The movie, a military satire about the war in Afghanistan, is set to shoot in Abu Dhabi from October 21 to November 16. The casting team has already started to ask successful applicants from previous sessions to submit identity documents in preparation for shooting at Abu Dhabi Airport in November. Applicants should also be prepared to be photographed and measured for costumes.

War Machine, which also stars Topher Grace, Will Poulter and Anthony Michael Hall, is one of the first films produced by video-streaming company Netflix. It also marks a breakout project for Australian director David Michod, the acclaimed director of 2011’s Oscar-nominated Animal Kingdom. With a reported budget of about US$60million (Dh220 million),War Machine represents a step into the big leagues for the indie-darling director. [My emphasis]

A source close to the local production team told us: “In a world where the cinemas are full of licensing and franchises, this is really a big-budget deal for an original, independent movie.

“We’re delighted that David and Brad have decided to opt for authenticity by shooting the movie in the Middle East instead of a location closer to home.””

They’re not the only ones delighted!  Cannot wait to watch this.

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