British director and actor Idris Elba is planning to shoot his next film in Saudi Arabia as the country promotes itself as a viable entertainment industry, reported Arab News.
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Speaking at an event held in Riyadh, Alba was joined by Hollywood star Katie Holmes and former French footballer Thierry Henry. The event marked the launch of the Kingdom's $35 billion program that aims to promote cultural, sports and entertainment initiatives.
Addressing the crowd, the 45-year-old actor said, "Saudi Arabia has an awesome opportunity to spread its culture through film-making. It gave me an opportunity to make my film here and it made sense on an economical model. I would definitely be here — why not?"
The London-born star made a name for himself through TV shows such as The Wire and Luther. He also starred in hit films namely Star Trek and Marvel's Avengers franchises. Elba made his directorial debut with Yardie this year and was also named in 2016 Time magazine's 100 list of the Most Influential People.
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