The story of the UAE is nothing short of spectacular. And the country’s founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, played such a major part in history throughout his life, that soon he will be the subject of a Hollywood film.
According to Arabian Business, the biopic will be made by production house STXfilms, and there are some big names involved. Shekhar Kapur, the director behind 'Elizabeth: The Golden Age' is on board, as well as 'Entourage' script writer Cliff Dorfman.
STXfilms are behind some huge box office hits including the Academy Award-nominated 'Molly’s Game', featuring Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba, as well as 2016 comedy 'Bad Moms'.
Chairman of STXfilms, Adam Fogelson, said in a statement: “Patterned after great movies like Gandhi, Selma, and Darkest Hour, this project will tell the story of a dynamic, powerful personality who helped create historic change.”
This will mark the first Hollywood biopic about a UAE leader. It’s not clear yet who will star in the movie, or whether it will feature local talent, however, it’s a very exciting time for the nation. Watch this space!