Fans of Anthony Mackie will not have to wait long to see the actor in his newest venture. A new epic action film titled Desert Warrior has begun production. The upcoming movie takes place in 7th Century Arabia, where a multitude of tribes battle it out to make claim to their territories and more.
Anthony Mackie is joined by Aiysha Hart, Sharlto Copley, Ghassan Massoud, Sami Bouajila, Lamis Ammar, Géza Röhrig, and Sir Ben Kingsley. The film is being shot in Neom and Tabuk in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with the script being penned by Rupert Wyatt, Erica Beeney, David Self, and Gary Ross.
Sir Ben Kinglsey plays the ruthless Emperor Kisra, who attempts to make Arabian Princess Hind (Hart) his new concubine. Her refusal sets in motion a great battle in which the evil emperor sends his troops and greatest mercenary to chase down Hind. Hind must escape with her father, King Numan (Massoud) into the unforgiving desert. There they must trust in a mysterious bandit (Anthony Mackie) whose fighting prowess is remarkable. Mackie’s character holds his own secrets that fit into the grand scope of history.
With Anthony Mackie’s star on the rise, particularly after the success of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier on Disney+, it’s no surprise that he is now being given more action-packed roles. Mackie is also set to become the next Captain America when Marvel’s Captain America 4 hits screens worldwide, where he must allegedly, “earn” the role of Captain America.
Rupert Wyatt is directing Desert Warrior. Wyatt famously directed The Gambler, which starred Mark Wahlberg, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, led by James Franco. Both films earned impressive profits, with Rise of the Planet of the Apes earning a staggering 481.8 million dollars worldwide. Wyatt knows how to bring drama and action into his films, so expect a great performance from Anthony Mackie.
Jeremy Bolt is set to produce the film through his JB Films production company. They are pairing with MBC Studios for international production. MBC Studios is the largest arm of the MBC Group, which is the largest and leading media company in the Middle East and North Africa. This film is said to be the biggest production MBC Studios has ever handled. With Anthony Mackie involved at the same time fans are looking forward to seeing him return for Captain America 4, Desert Warrior may blow up at the box office.
There is hope that Desert Warrior will allow Neom to become a hub for future film productions in the Middle East. Wayne Borg is a Managing Director for Media Industries at Neom. He hopes that “Our fresh and diverse locations, world-class production team, and attractive incentives make NEOM a very appealing destination for screen production.” With such high-profile talent that includes Anthony Mackie, Desert Warrior and Neom might make enough noise to lure even more epic productions to Saudi Arabia.