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Brad Pitt will be arriving in Abu Dhabi in October to start work on his latest movie, UAE newspaper The National reported on Sunday.
The film star will reportedly be spending his first week in the capital with cast and crew of his new film, War Machine, where his wife Angelina Jolie and their six children are later expected to join.
Hollywood royalty: A look at Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie ahead of their Abu Dhabi arrival
Although the star is expected to spend his first week in the capital alone, with just cast and crew of his new film, War Machine, for company, his wife Angelina Jolie and their six children will be flying over once shooting has started.
Hollywood royalty the pair may be, but they are certainly not like your average A-listers.
For example, unlike the rest of the crew, they have shunned the offer of an exclusive five-star hotel suite, instead preferring to rent out a property a short drive from the set.
At an estimated Dh73,000 a week, the sprawling pad hasn’t come cheap – but that is the price Brad, 51, is willing to pay to keep his family together in a cosy atmosphere.
“Brad often flies Angelina and the kids out when he is working abroad and this will be no different,” a production insider told The National.
“Nowadays, they try to time their schedules so that one is always free to be with the children and support the other who is working.
“They are also both passionate about getting to know a region, ingratiating themselves with the locals and experiencing different cultures and traditions first-hand.
“Obviously, the children have school, so it will probably be a flying visit, but they are all really looking forward to their time in Abu Dhabi.”
War Machine is based on The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War In Afghanistan, a novel by the late author Michael Hastings. Pitt plays a US general opposite American actor Topher Grace in the satirical movie.
He is also co-producing the lavish Netflix production, which is due for release next year on the online video-streaming service.
With filming in Afghanistan clearly out of the question, Abu Dhabi is, well, playing the role of the Afghan desert.
Confirming his part in the movie, Pitt said: “I’m humbled to be making a big, bold movie about the whole sprawling, complex, cumbersome and crazy machinery of modern war and the many lives it touches.”
Which is fitting, of course, given the number of lives he and Jolie have touched.