Thessaloniki has been chosen for filming by the producers of two Hollywood movies. Filming of “Red Sonja” and “Dirty Angels” will take place in Greece during November and December 2022.
Red Sonja is a sword and sorcery comic book heroine created for Marvel Comics in 1973. The first movie was filmed in 1985 around Italy and left the fans of comic books amazed. Big actors including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Brigitte Nielsen starred in the initial production. Major actors in the 2022 “Red Sonja” include Matilda Lutz, Wallis Day and Robert Sheehan.
“I’ve wanted to make a Red Sonja movie since I was a teenager – she has been a powerful presence for me and a character that I have always wanted to bring to the screen with my own voice and vision. When I met Matilda Lutz, I knew she had all the magic I was looking for and could see the complexity and depth she would bring to Sonja” said the movie director M.J. Bassett.
Dirty Angels, the other movie that is set to be filmed in Thessaloniki, is an action movie starring Eva Green. Its director Martin Campbell is famous for directing two James Bond films, Casino Royale (2006) staring Daniel Craig and GoldenEye (1995) staring Pierce Brosnan. Locations that will be used for filming are different areas in Thessaloniki, as well as outside the city. After three months of filming in beautiful Greece, production is expected to continue in Morocco.
In 2021, up to 18 international movies were filmed in various parts of Greece. The endless variety of stunning landscapes and monuments have been credited for the demand by top international film makers choosing the country for their movies.
Also, the recent incentives offered to the international film industry by the Greek PM, Kyriakos Mitsotakis have had positive effect on movie production in Greece. These incentives include a 40% cash rebate on eligible expenses for audiovisual productions, and a 30% tax relief for those investing in such productions in Greece.