Tom Cruise will be in Dubai for the world premiere of ‘Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol’.
‘MI-4’ will be featured as the opening film of the 8th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) on December 7, it was announced on Monday.
Dubai will be the first public screening of the film, while a private "fan screening" is due to take place earlier in Mumbai.
Featuring an all-star cast including Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg, the fourth installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise has been much anticipated by movie fans in the UAE due to the Burj Khalifa's starring role.
Distributors in Dubai, Gulf Films have confirmed the news to Emirates 24|7 that Cruise and the film’s co-stars will take to the festival’s opening night red carpet alongside the city’s leadership at the Madinat Jumeirah.
The joint announcement from Paramount Pictures and the festival celebrates the Mission: Impossible team’s return to Dubai after extensive filming in the city, including shoots spanning its old town, downtown financial hub and offshore Palm island development.
Cruise enthralled the world for six weeks last autumn as he filmed his successful franchise, performing stunts in Dubai's most famous landmarks, including the outside of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.
The film’s return to Dubai, following shoots done in Prague, Moscow, Mumbai and Vancouver, is a coup for the emirate, its film festival and the region’s film industry, the statement added.
Cruise was photographed by tourists hanging on the outside of the Burj Khalifa, and other scenes were shot at the Dubai International Financial Centre and on the Palm Jumeirah.
Bollywood star Anil Kapoor is also expected to attend the premiere.
The Hollywood action blockbuster also features people from the UAE, who were cast as extras.
‘Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol’ begins with an explosion at the Kremlin in Moscow. Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his Impossible Missions Force are informed that they will be held responsible for the blast, but are allowed to escape so they can track down the real culprits. Their search brings them to Dubai.