Tom Hanks in Egypt to film A Hologram for the King

Hanks will be sleeping in a yacht in the Red Sea during the filming.
Tom Hanks. Phil McCarten / Reuters
Tom Hanks. Phil McCarten / Reuters

The Hollywood star Tom Hanks has started shooting portions of his new film A Hologram for the King in Egypt’s Red Sea resort city of Hurghada, the country’s state news agency reported on ­Saturday.

Hanks arrived on Friday in Egypt and told the local independent daily newspaper Al Masry Al Youm that it was his first visit to the Red Sea, although he’s read a lot about it. The newspaper said Hanks will be sleeping in a yacht in the Red Sea during the filming.

Egypt’s state news agency MENA reported that Hanks will film scenes in diving areas off the coast.

The movie is directed by the German filmmaker Tom Tykwer and is based on a 2012 novel by Dave Eggers. Hanks will play the role of a struggling American salesman who travels to Saudi Arabia to sign a contract with a wealthy monarch, but instead finds himself entangled in a series of ­misadventures.

The movie is set to be released in 2015. Egyptian officials view Hanks’s visit as a boost to the country’s faltering tourism industry, a top foreign-currency earner battered by three years of political turmoil. Hurghada is one of the country’s best-known destinations, renowned for its diving sites and colourful coral reefs.

artslife@thenational.ae

Published: July 20, 2014 04:00 AM

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