Ridley Scott films latest feature in Jordan
Ridley Scott has been filming scenes for his next feature in Jordan, the third time the director has chosen the Middle Eastern nation for location work.
Filming took place in the south of the kingdom in Wadi Rum with the Royal Film Commission confirming that, out of the 360 people who worked on the one-day shoot, 290 Jordanians were employed, including those working in logistics and the local community.
Scott previously filmed in Jordan while making Prometheus in 2012, and in 2015 he chose the specific area of Wadi Rum for eight days of filming on The Martian.
His latest production All the Money in the World received support from the Jordanian armed forces, the Royal Air Force and the local government entities. The film stars Kevin Spacey and Mark Wahlberg.
All the Money in the World explores the story of oil magnate Paul Getty, whose grandson John Paul Getty III was at the centre of a kidnapping plot in 1973. Besides Spacey and Wahlberg - who described the “incredible setting” of Wadi Rum as “spectacular” - the film stars Michelle Williams, Charlie Plummer, Timothy Hutton and Ghassan Massoud.
Mark Huffam, who has produced many of Scott’s films, said: “You couldn’t get more enthusiastic crew anywhere and they seem to be enjoying what they are doing, which makes it more enjoyable for us."
He also praised the help received from the authorities and from the Royal family, saying: "Prince Ali has been incredibly helpful to us. We have nothing but good experiences here. We find it a very user-friendly place to film.”
Ridley Scott photo via Getty Images/FilmMagic/Jason Laveris.
Wadi Rum photo via Free Images.com/Gabor Palla.