“Dubai is really hot, but that’s okay” – Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan is back filming in Dubai – for his new flick, Vanguard – and isn’t too bothered about the city’s hot weather.
Speaking at a media junket organised by The Dubai Media Office, Chan admitted that while it does heat up in Dubai, he doesn’t mind.
“Three years after the filming of Kung Fu Yoga, I came back and told all my friends in Hong Kong, Taiwan, all the directors, you should film in Dubai.” He said.
“It’s so comfortable, except hot, but it’s ok. It doesn’t matter. But when you film here you are comfortable, and the police help, the government helps, you just don’t worry about it.”
Dubai is not a new filming destination to Chan; it’s one of his preferred filming destinations He’s in Dubai this time for his next film, Vanguard, directed by Stanley Tong.
During a media gathering organized by @FilmDubai, superstar Jackie Chan on returning to #Dubai to shoot his new film: #Dubai is a good place to make films… that’s why we are coming back to the city. pic.twitter.com/NRacQ3qFiG— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) March 18, 2019
The international star is happy to be back in Dubai and expects to be back again in the future. “I am happy to be back in Dubai three years after filming Kung Fu Yoga. Dubai is a good place to film. This is why I have come back. I will come back again and again in the future”, he said.
A large part of Chan’s new movie has been shot in several popular areas in Dubai, such as Downtown Dubai, City Walk, Studio City, along with several residential areas. ‘Vanguard’ is expected to be internationally released by next year and will be done shooting in Dubai by March 22, 2019, before moving on to its next destination.
‘Vanguard’ will feature international actors as well as local actors, along with ten feature artists, and over 500 extras. Dubai is becoming a popular backdrop for several international movies attracting blockbuster movies from major international film production markets.
“The filming of Jackie Chan’s new movie in Dubai further reinforces the city’s growing profile as a hub for big global film productions”, says Jamal Al Sharif, Chairman of Dubai Film and TV Commission.
Jackie Chan is one of a slew of celebrities to have chosen to film here in the UAE. Recent celebrities seen in UAE include Shah Rukh Khan, Pierce Brosnan, Ryan Reynolds, Ben Hardy and Dave Franco.