Antonio Banderas to shoot gangster movie Barracuda in Greece

Filming will take place at several locations across Central Macedonia

By Chris Evans 17 Jun 2021

Antonio Banderas to shoot gangster movie Barracuda in Greece

A new gangster movie called Barracuda, starring Antonio Banderas, is set to shoot in the Greek region of Central Macedonia this summer.

“This is a big Hollywood production worth over €20m that starts shooting in Thessaloniki in two weeks. It is a very important moment for the goal we have set as a region, to put Central Macedonia on the world map of film producers,” the region’s governor, Apostolos Tzitzikostas, said after meeting with the movie production team.

According to Millennium Media’s Robert Van Norden, the film’s producer, Barracuda will shoot for five weeks from 28 June in the northern port city of Thessaloniki, as well as Perea, Thermi, Delta Axiou and the surrounding areas. Thessaloniki will double for the US coastal city of Miami, Florida.

“It will be a film that will not show Thessaloniki and Greece but the conditions and infrastructure will become Miami,” said Greek production director Dimitris Kampas.

Other Mediterranean locations including Italy, Spain and France had ben considered as the shooting locations,  according to Panos Kouanis, president of the National Center of Audiovisual Media and Communication (EKOME), but Central Macedonia was chosen, with the assistance of EKOME and the new regional film office.

“This is happening for the first time in our country and it is a great opportunity for future productions to use all the advantages and infrastructure of this region to make films and turn Thessaloniki into a large film studio for many audiovisual productions,” said Kampas.

Greece is proving to be a hugely popular filming location with several major projects choosing to shoot in the country, including Netflix’s Knives Out 2; season three of Amazon and Paramount’s Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan; Disney+’s Greek Freak; Nia Vardalos’s My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3; Australian director Jason Raftopoulos's Voices in Deep; and David Cronenberg’s sci-film film Crimes of the Future.

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