Universal Pictures today announced that production has begun in Georgia and confirmed casting for the upcoming film Mena. Tom Cruise reunites with his Edge of Tomorrow director, Doug Liman, in this international escapade based on the outrageous (and real) exploits of Barry Seal, a hustler and pilot unexpectedly recruited by the CIA to run one of the biggest covert operations in U.S. history.
“I love stories of improbable heroes working against the system, and Barry Seal took the government, and our country, for an unbelievable ride,” said Liman. “Interpreting his story has the makings for an entertaining film that is equal parts satire, suspense and comedy—and always surprising.”
Also starring in Mena are Domhnall Gleeson (Unbroken), Sarah Wright (TV’s “Marry Me”), Jesse Plemons (upcoming Black Mass), Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men: First Class), Jayma Mays (TV’s “Glee”), Benito Martinez (Netflix’s “House of Cards”), E. Roger Mitchell (Selma), Lola Kirke (Gone Girl) and Alejandro Edda (TV’s “The Bridge”).
Cross Creek Pictures will fully finance Mena. The film is produced by Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson, alongside Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer and Kim Roth, and Quadrant Pictures’ Doug Davison.
Joining Liman’s Mena creative team are cinematographer César Charlone (The Constant Gardener), production designer Dan Weil (The Bourne Identity), editor Dylan Tichenor (Brokeback Mountain) and costume designer Jenny Gering (TV’s “The Americans”).
Mena will film through July in counties throughout Georgia including Cherokee, Clayton, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinett, Morgan, Pickens and others.
The movie will be released by Universal Pictures on Friday, January 6, 2017.
Tom has changed his profile photo at Twitter and Facebook and it’s a new pic of him during the filming for Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation taken by additional still photographer Christian Black.
The movie channel of state broadcaster Chinese Central Television, CCTV6, on Wednesday announced the launch of an original entertainment news show, Talking to Hollywood with Betty Zhou, which will launch on Friday.
The series was co-created by Rob Moore, vice chairman of Paramount Pictures, and Zhou in partnership with Paramount, Walt Disney Studios, Universal Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Chinese actress Zhou will also serve as the show’s producer.
“Talking to Hollywood with Betty Zhou delivers an inside look at the movie business to its most passionate and dedicated fans in China,” Moore said in a statement. “My colleagues in Hollywood and I look forward to working with our friends at CCTV6 on this exciting new venture.”
The show will air weekly and will feature new exclusive content and interviews with top Hollywood talent each week.
Here you have a trailer for the show, where you can see Tom racing a car with Betty Zhou.
We’ve added more HQ’s of Tom from yesterday filming Mena in Ball Ground (Georgia). We have 350 pics.