Jean-Claude Van Damme to film new movie in Dubai

11/06/2013 - Dubai Lifestyle News 7 Days
Jean-Claude Van Damme to film new movie in Dubai

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 Parts of a new movie featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme are set to be filmed in the UAE, it has been confirmed.

The Belgian actor - otherwise known as the "Muscles from Brussels" - will appear in Luxury Meets Justice, 7Days reports.

Van Damme is currently in the Middle East looking for possible places to shoot scenes for the $10 million (£6.4 million) flick, although parts of the picture will also be captured in Shanghai, Ibiza, New York, Hong Kong and Saint Tropez.

Fashion TV owner Michel Adam has known Van Damme for 30 years and suggested that his nightclub - Dubai-based Studio F - would be one location used in the film.

He also offered an insight into what the movie is all about and - as you would expect from a Van Damme picture - there will be no shortage of action.

"In the movie, we're trying to get rid of all the bankers who pretend they're big shots and destroy all our money. We don't need these guys around," Mr Adam was quoted as saying.

He stated that Dubai has a lot of wealthy people who hold high-powered jobs, so it makes sense for the emirate to feature heavily throughout the movie.

Filming is expected to start in October and a premiere will be held in spring 2014.

Van Damme has had a glittering career on both sides of the camera and Dubai tourism chiefs will no doubt be delighted to welcome the star to the city.

The 52-year-old is a martial arts specialist and this has helped him land a number of memorable roles over the years. His first appearance on screen came in the 1984 flick Monaco Forever and he has since gone on to star in hit films including Double Impact and Universal Soldier.

Dubai already has a reputation for being a playground for the rich and famous and films like Luxury Meets Justice will certainly help to raise its profile even further.