Those hoping for a glimpse of A-lister Ryan Reynolds should be on high alert this week, as the Deadpool star is currently shooting his latest work in Abu Dhabi. The Canadian actor, producer, and screenwriter is filming scenes for 6 Underground, Netflix’s biggest budget movie to date, in the Emirati capital, having arrived in the region in recent days.
The first official pictures from set were released last week by Abu Dhabi media hub twofour54, which is working with the Michael Bay-directed production. The two shots show Reynolds, who is married to Gossip Girl actor Blake Lively, alongside Bay, actress Adria Arjona, and producer Ian Bryce, with Abu Dhabi’s blue skies and towering structures in the background.
New action film “#6Underground” featuring the one and only @vancityreynolds is now filming with us #inAbuDhabi, directed by the legend @MichaelBay. It’s great to see another #Hollywood production filmed at the Capital for Content Creators. pic.twitter.com/NLCLCj6xGl
— twofour54 Abu Dhabi (@2454abudhabi) November 13, 2018
Filming is also taking place further afield in the UAE, with the Liwa desert, Sharjah, and Ras Al Khaimah also hosting the 6 Underground cast and crew for scenes. “Shooting in Abu Dhabi is going to be one of the highlights of this production, although you’ll have to wait until the movie hits Netflix to find out why,” Reynolds told The National. “We’ve only been here a few days so far, but the welcome from everyone has been amazing and I can’t wait to explore Abu Dhabi more.”
Bay added: “Abu Dhabi is a unique place to make a movie, with a lot of great looks. It’s got the diversity and architecture I need in front of the camera – plus the professional facilities, crew and infrastructure to back it up. I’m very excited to be shooting here over the next few weeks.”
Although the plot has been kept under wraps, the movie is described as a collision between Deadpool and Mission Impossible, the latter of which also filmed scenes in the UAE. The film, which also stars Dave Franco and Mélanie Laurent, is scheduled for a worldwide release on Netflix in 2019, and has previously filmed in Italy. It is the streaming platform’s biggest production to date, with a budget of approximately AED 460,000,000 (US $125,000,000), surpassing The Irishman, which reportedly had a budget of US $106,000,000. Other productions to have been filmed in the UAE include Star Trek Beyond (2016), Syriana (2005), Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011), and Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015).
Watch this space to see how big of a role Abu Dhabi scores in the finished film.