Brad Pitt’s latest film, War Machine, which will be released worldwide on Netflix on May 26th, was shot in the UAE. The huge production, shot in the country longer than any Hollywood film, stars Pitt as a general sent to Afghanistan, who is eventually taken down by a reporter’s exposé. Miranda Davidson, the film’s casting director, was tasked with finding 2,000 extras, most of them from Afghanistan, to appear in the movie, which was filmed in the Emirates of Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah. “The irony is that much of the perception of Afghanis in my home country comes with a negative impression whereas Brad Pitt is almost treated as royalty. There I was in the middle of the heat in a dusty village trying to earn their trust and communicate. This is the beauty of what we do as an American casting company in the Middle East and what the movie, (War Machine) represents. It’s all about perception, breaking stereotypes and trying to truly understand each other,” says Davidson. The film is based on a non-fiction book named The Operators and also stars Anthony Michael Hall, Anthony Hayes, Topher Grace, Will Poulter, Tilda Swinton and Ben Kingsley.
Miranda Davidson with Afghani Military Extras