It’s always thrilling when Hollywood takes on Cape Town, and the latest slice of the stars we’re set to see includes none other than Tom Cruise.
It’s been 25 years since the fictional character Ethan Hunt dropped onto the big screen for the first Mission Impossible film.
Now, years later the action spy blockbuster is set to film the eighth instalment of the movie in Cape Town and Durban next month.
According to sources in the movie industry, American actor and producer Tom Cruise and other cast members will soon arrive on African shores. The Weekend Argus reported that the film crew will be in Durban from February 6, and then travel to the Mother City to shoot more scenes.
The news was welcomed with much excitement as this is yet another major boost for the City of Cape Town (COCT) after it has already authorised 1 017 film shoot permits, 181 for the month of January alone.
The Western Cape Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities, David Maynier further mentioned that international travel has rapidly increased following the discovery of the Omicron variant which derail the economy when several travel bans were imposed.
According to Wesgro, this is a massive economic injection for the Western Cape province as a number of international movies and TV series are on the cards for the year.
Meanwhile, the COCT also released a new image library that features over 1 300 images and videos of locations across the city, that will assist location scouts, location managers and international producers to identify potential locations for their pre-production phase – meaning we’re set to see even more movie magic in our midst.
The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security Alderman JP Smith says the upcoming peak season for filming is just around the corner and the City, along with Film Cape Town, are working on promoting the local film industry.
“The launch of the film locations library is just one of the first steps as part of the City’s long-term strategy assisting this billion-rand industry as it works to recover after a challenging 15 months,”Smith said