Tom Cruise begins filming Mena in Colombia
Tom Cruise is set to start filming the Colombian segment on new film Mena today (Wednesday 26 August). The movie star will be shooting scenes for nine days at several locations around Colombia.
The film, which started shooting in Atlanta, Georgia in May as well as Cherokee, Clayton, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinett, Morgan, and Pickens tells the story of Barry Seal, an American pilot – portrayed by Cruise - who worked for Medellin drug cartel leader Pablo Escobar and later became an informant for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Earlier in the week Cruise met with Anibal Gaviria, the mayor of the Colombian city of Medellín, to discuss how to transform Medellin into the film industry capital of Latin America.
Gaviria said the meeting was, “friendly and productive”, and mentioned the Minority Report star’s liking of the mountain regions in the city. “He has an extremely positive impression of Colombia,” added Gaviria.
Mena is being directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) for Universal Pictures. Talking to Deadline Liman said on the new film: “I love stories of improbable heroes working against the system, and Barry Seal took the government, and our country, for an unbelievable ride.
“The story has the makings for an entertaining film that is equal parts satire, suspense and comedy - and always surprising.”