Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Hollywood in Egypt! Morgan Freeman Arrives in Egypt to Film National Geographic Documentary ‘The Story of God’.

Hollywood icon Morgan Freeman seen on Qasr el-Nil bridge near Tahrir Square
Minister of Tourism Hisham Zazou will meet with famed U.S. actor Morgan Freeman, who is in Egypt for a documentary, at the pyramids in an effort to promote tourism, according to a Monday statement by the ministry.

Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman, 78, has arrived in Egypt to ‘immerse himself in Egyptian culture’ and traditions for a new National Geographic documentary. The documentary, aptly titled ‘The Story of God’ given Freeman’s previous role as ‘God’ in ‘Bruce Almighty,’ has also seen Freeman travel to Turkey, according to Hurriyet Daily.

Freeman, who was photographed while filming along the Nile River in downtown Cairo, is expected to visit a number of historical sites in Egypt including Khan El-Khalili, The Citadel of Saladin, Tahrir Square, and of course the Great Pyramids of Giza.

Freeman an crew member at Old Cairo’s al-Moez Street
in preparation for the National Geographic
documentary ‘The Story of God’
Freeman is yet to visit Saqqara, a large burial ground with several pyramids, Aswan, Luxor and Madinet Habu, where the Temple of Amun and Temple of Ramsis III are located. His five-day agenda also includes a Nile cruise.

Pictures of Freeman in Cairo’s street were met by Egyptian social media users with much excitement.

Story of God’ is a documentary that follows the 78-year-old actor as he immerses himself in different religions and traditions from across the world. Freeman is expected to explore ancient Egyptian faith and will be shooting a number of scenes at ancient Egyptian sites during his visit to Egypt. It remains unclear whether Freeman will be travelling to other parts of Egypt.

Last year, Tom Hanks also visited Egypt to shoot a scene in Hurghada along the Red Sea. ‘A Hologram for the King’, a film by German director Tom Tykwer and starring Tom Hanks, is based on a 2012 novel by Dave Eggers which tells the story of a failed American salesman who travels to Saudi Arabia to sell an idea of his to a wealthy member of Saudi Arabia’s royal family.

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