Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons has just finished filming a horror film in Saudi Arabia.
The shooting ended on international production, Cello, earlier this month. The film, which was shot partly in Riyadh and AlUla, also stars Tobin Bell and is directed by Saw filmmaker Darren Lynn Bousman.
The film, which was also shot in the Czech Republic and Italy, tells the story of an aspiring musician who discovers that the cost of his new instrument is much higher than previously thought because the cello is cursed. .
It is based on the novel by Turk al-Alshikh, who also wrote the screenplay. Cello, the first Arab / international horror feature film, will premiere on the festival circuit next year.
The film also stars Syrian actor Samer Ismail and Saudi actress Elham Ali. The film was also funded by a Saudi company, Rozam Media, which also owns all the rights.
Irons, 73, was recently seen in the crime drama Gucci House, which premiered in London last week.
Cello could mark the start of more films shot in Saudi Arabia.
Later this year, Gerard Butler will begin filming a new action thriller, Kandahar, to shoot in the AlUla region of the Kingdom.
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