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Wiseman, Andreas (December 2, 2021). " 'Kandahar': Gerard Butler Action Pic Adds Nina Toussaint-White & Bahador Foladi". Deadline Hollywood . Retrieved March 3, 2022. Wiseman, Andreas (December 2, 2021). "Gerard Butler Action Movie 'Kandahar' Begins Filming In Saudi Arabia; Ali Fazal & Navid Negahban Join Cast". Deadline Hollywood . Retrieved March 3, 2022. a b Wiseman, Andreas (June 22, 2020). "Gerard Butler Re-Teams With 'Angel Has Fallen' Director Ric Roman Waugh For Thunder Road Action Pic 'Kandahar' — Cannes". Deadline Hollywood . Retrieved March 3, 2022.
Ali Fazal and Navid Negahban joined the cast in December 2021. Majority of filming commenced on December 2, 2021 in Saudi Arabia. This made the film the first big-budget U.S. feature to shoot in the country's Al-Ula and Jeddah.  Nina Toussaint-White and Bahador Foladi joined the cast later that same month.  Filming wrapped in January 2022.  The production takes advantage of Saudi Film Commission's 40% cash rebate.  Release [ edit ] In September 2022, Open Road Films acquired the film's U.S. distribution rights in an eight-figure deal.  In January 2023, it was announced that the film would be released in theaters on May 26, 2023.  Reception [ edit ] Box office [ edit ]Director Ric Roman Waugh’s Kandahar marks the second time in as many months that a film’s heart comes from a bond between an operative and his field translator (the other is Guy Ritchie’s the Covenant). Unsurprisingly, considering that Kandahar comes from the filmmaker behind Angel Has Fallen and Greenland, once again collaborating with Gerard Butler in the lead role, this version is more action-oriented but not without a thoughtful if sometimes messy emotional buildup attempting to explore the different motives of its various characters, nationalities, and militias. D'Alessandro, Anthony (July 31, 2020). "Mitchell LaFortune, Scribe Of Gerard Butler's 'Kandahar', Signs With APA". Deadline Hollywood . Retrieved January 30, 2023.
You know, there is an interesting subplot going on with Mo searching for his sister, who was a teacher abducted by the Taliban and hasn’t been heard from since. That is a mystery worth getting invested in, not whatever Kandahar is. Stories about the West at war with Brown people peaked with Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty(Although I also enjoyed Nicolai Fuglsig’s 12 Strong). Maybe there is something about chronicling history based on actual events that hold something over these made-up western savior narratives that have nothing going for them except to be monotonous, xenophobic and a complete bore.Lodderhose, Diana (December 14, 2021). "Saudi Film Commission Unveils 40% Cash Rebate For Local & Int'l Productions". Deadline Hollywood. a b D'Alessandro, Anthony (January 25, 2023). "Open Road's Gerard Butler Pic 'Kandahar' Sets Memorial Day Weekend Release". Deadline Hollywood . Retrieved January 25, 2023.