Cruise, Bird to attend Dubai fest's opening night
“Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” will world preem as the opening night pic of the 8th Dubai Film Festival on Dec. 7.The Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner starrer, helmed by Brad Bird, lensed last year in Dubai and includes a scene of Cruise scaling the world’s tallest tower, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. Pic, distributed by Paramount, shot extensively in the city, featuring its old town, downtown financial hub and offshore Palm Island development. Cruise, Bird and other cast from the fourth installment of the “Mission: Impossible” franchise will be present at the fest’s opening night at the Madinat Jumeirah — The Arabian Resort. Pic, which also toplines Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Josh Holloway and Anil Kapoor, sees Cruise return as operative Ethan Hunt. He and his team fight to clear their name after they are disavowed, along with the rest of the agency, when the president initiates “ghost protocol,” essentially erasing them from existence. Abdulhamid Juma, chairman of the eight-day fest, said that the “Mission: Impossible” preem was “particularly fitting” to open the event. “There is no doubt that this film will have a transformative effect on the region’s film industry, through knowledge transfer, inspiring emerging filmmakers, paving the way for many more collaborations and drawing attention to cinema from this part of the world,” he said. “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” begins its global rollout in theaters on Dec. 14.