Tom Cruise has become so smitten with a Colombian city that if he has his way it could become a new Hollywood shooting location.
Back on Saturday, the Misson: Impossible—Rogue Nation star is said to have met with the mayor of Medellín, Anibal Gaviria in-regards to an upcoming film project of his called “Mena.”
According to Mayor Gaviria, the 53-year-old movie star arrived in the city on last Thursday and has been spotted intermingling with local restaurants and citizens within the city. The mayor also commented that Cruise is planning on staying within the city for some time.
During a meeting that lasted more than an hour, the Mayor commented that the meeting with Cruise, the Medellin Film Commission, and a local production was a “friendly and productive meeting.”
Cruise’s adoration for the city is said to have been the beautiful mountain landscape that surrounds Medellin.
“His comments about the city were positive and he has an extremely positive impression of Colombia,” said a government official to a local news outlet.
According to those in the area, Cruise has given some input on how to transform the city of Medellin into the “film industry capital of Latin America.”
One such way to do that is for his next film to be shoot in the area.
Cruise and Director Doug Liman—who directed Cruise in 2014’s sci-fi film Edge of Tomorrow—are teaming up once again for a thriller called Mena, which should hit theaters in 2017.
According to a Medellin’s news outlet, Mena will center on one of the Central Intelligence Agency most covert operations in U.S. History and will star Cruise as Barry Seal, a hustler and pilot who worked alongside with well-known Drug Cartel Pablo Escobar before being recruited in by the CIA in order to run one the operation.
“I love stories of improbable heroes working against the system, and Barry Seal took the government, and our country, for an unbelievable ride,” said Liman, talking about the upcoming film project. “Interpreting his story has the makings for an entertaining film that is equal parts satire, suspense and comedy-and always surprising.”
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