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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 13 December 2018

First pictures of Ryan Reynolds in Abu Dhabi released as filming begins for '6 Underground' across the UAE 

More then 300 cast and crew will spend 30 days shooting in the UAE - from Abu Dhabi to Sharjah

From left, actor Ryan Reynolds, Ian Bryce, producer, actress Adria Arjona, and director Michael Bay pose in front of the Abu Dhabi skyline in one of the first photos from the '6 Underground' shoot. Christian Black - Netflix
From left, actor Ryan Reynolds, Ian Bryce, producer, actress Adria Arjona, and director Michael Bay pose in front of the Abu Dhabi skyline in one of the first photos from the '6 Underground' shoot. Christian Black - Netflix

The first official pictures of Ryan Reynolds in Abu Dhabi have just been released, with shooting on the Netflix movie 6 Underground under way (with filming on Reem Island likely to begin today). The film is being billed as a character-driven "edgy thriller", and is from the writers of Deadpool, so we can expect plenty of acerbic humour.

The photos of the cast and crew, which were released by twofour54, seem to have been taken from the Four Seasons Al Maryah Island, or a nearby hotel, with Abu Dhabi's downtown skyline in the background.

Ryan Reynolds and Michael Bay shot in the UAE for around a month - this photo was taken before the offending snip. Christian Black - Netflix
Ryan Reynolds and Michael Bay will shoot in the UAE for 30 days. Photo / Christian Black - Netflix

The other thing we now know about the film is that Ryan Reynolds will likely be sporting a beard in it - breaking news.

More than 300 cast and crew will spend 30 days filming in four UAE locations: Liwa desert, Abu Dhabi city, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah.

“Shooting in Abu Dhabi is going to be one of the highlights of this production, although you’ll have to wait until the movie hits Netflix to find out why," said Reynolds. "We’ve only been here a few days so far, but the welcome from everyone has been amazing and I can’t wait to explore Abu Dhabi more.”

Action director Michael Bay, who's known for The Rock and the Transformers franchise, had this to say about shooting in the UAE's capital: “Abu Dhabi is a unique place to make a movie, with a lot of great looks. It’s got the diversity and architecture I need in front of the camera - plus the professional facilities, crew and infrastructure to back it up. I’m very excited to be shooting here over the next few weeks.”

We'll keep you updated as the shoot continues, and if you spot any filming, let us know by tagging us on Instagram or by sending us a message on Twitter.

The film features a host of other Hollywood stars, including Dave Franco, Melanie Laurent, Corey Hawkins, Adria Arjona, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Ben Hardy, Payman Maadi and Lior Raz, star of the Israeli Netflix hit Fauda. Casting calls have also been issued for a multinational bevy of local talent to fill in supporting roles.

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