“Desert Warrior” is MBC’s most epic production to date, and what the studio’s General Manager, Zeinab Abu Alsamh, calls “a tale of adventure, with a fierce female hero at the forefront of the story.” Wyatt co-wrote the screenplay with a number of heavy hitters, including “Seabiscuit” and “The Hunger Games” filmmaker Gary Ross, “Captive State” writer Erica Beeney, and “Road to Perdition” scribe David Self.
According to THR, “Desert Warrior” is set amidst the feuding tribes and political, dynastic, and religious divides that characterized seventh-century Arabia (via Britannica). Ben Kingsley plays a feared and tyrannical emperor named Kisra, who is slighted when Aiysha Hart’s beautiful Princess Hind rejects his proposal for her to become his concubine. Conflict subsequently erupts in the form of a battle that alters the entire region indefinitely and creates an “echo throughout history.”
Zeinab Abu Alsamh calls the film’s cast “a dream come true,” noting they are “a mix of Arab and non-Arab talent coming together to create an unforgettable movie and highlighting the rich culture we have here.” The MBC exec hopes the film will mark the beginning of Saudi Arabia becoming “a production hub for local and global films.”
All in all, it promises to be yet another interesting new addition to star Anthony Mackie’s already diverse and impressive filmography.