KSA premiere in early 2018 for film on teenage Saudi King

The film 'Born a King' is based on the true story of King Faisal being sent to England to secure the formation of his country.

The film Born a King will be the first film to be shown publicly in Saudi Arabia following the recent withdrawal of a 35-year cinema ban on commercial cinemas in the Kingdom, as reported by Al Arabiya.

The film set to air in March 2018, is based on the true story of when King Faisal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was sent at the age of 14 to England on a diplomatic mission to secure the formation of his country, negotiating with the likes of Lord Curzon and Winston Churchill.

According to Al Arabiya, Saudi actor and Ministry of Information advisor, Abdulelah al-Sinani shared a scene from the movie, showing “King Faisal in his teenage years. The scene is placed in 1919 in London, where he is shown leading a diplomatic envoy to discuss critical issues as well as external and internal conflicts that were happening at the time”.

Born a King will premiere exclusively in Saudi Arabia and will then be released in cinemas across the globe. This film was written by Henry Fitzherbert and is being directed by Agusti Villaronga, a Spanish film director, screenwriter, and actor. As per media reports, the film will be shot in English, in both London and Saudi Arabia.

According to Al-Sinani, the shooting for the film began last July in Britain with the final scenes being shot in Riyadh where it is estimated that the filming will be wrapped by February of 2018.

The film will be premiered in 2018 exclusively in theaters in Saudi Arabia, then released in cinemas around the world.

The film is a joint international production with KSA-based Nebras Films.

The producer of the film, Andres Vicente Gomez, was reportedly inspired by King Abdul Aziz’s life during a visit to Saudi Arabia.

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