Idris Elba’s next movie ‘will be Saudi-made’

Idris Elba spoke at the launch of $35 billion ‘Quality of Life’ program in Riyadh.
Updated 05 May 2018

Idris Elba’s next movie ‘will be Saudi-made’

  • “Saudi Arabia has an awesome opportunity to spread its culture through film-making,” says Elba in a speech.
  • Elba was speaking on Thursday at the launch of Saudi Arabia’s $35 billion “Quality of Life” program of cultural, sports and entertainment initiatives.

RIYADH: The British movie star and director Idris Elba plans to make his next movie in Saudi Arabia, as the Kingdom takes steps to create a viable entertainment industry.

“Saudi Arabia gave me an opportunity to make my film here. It made sense on an economical model,” Elba said. “I would definitely be here — why not?”

The London-born star made his name in the gritty US television drama “The Wire” and the British detective series “Luther,” before playing the title role in the biopic “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.”

He has also starred in movies in the “Star Trek” and Marvel “Avengers” franchises, and was named in the 2016 Time 100 list of the Most Influential People in the World. He made his directorial debut this year with “Yardie.”

Elba, 45, was speaking on Thursday at the launch of Saudi Arabia’s $35 billion “Quality of Life” program of cultural, sports and entertainment initiatives.

The event was attended by celebrities including the American actress Katie Holmes and the French footballer Thierry Henry.   

“Saudi Arabia has an awesome opportunity to spread its culture through film-making,” Elba said during a speech at the launch.


Dr. Kholood Mohamed, head of Tabuk’s regional council

Updated 12 min 20 sec ago

Dr. Kholood Mohamed, head of Tabuk’s regional council

Dr. Kholood Mohamed has become the first woman in the Kingdom to head Tabuk’s regional council, with the Saudi interior minister approving her appointment as the body’s secretary-general.
Al-Khamis called on Tabuk Gov. Prince Fahd bin Sultan on Monday and the prince congratulated her on her new position, emphasizing the role of Saudi women in government agencies.
She is an assistant professor of inorganic chemistry and supervisor of the chemistry department at the University of Tabuk.
She joined the university in 2010 as a teaching assistant in the science faculty, later becoming a lecturer and then being promoted to associate professor.
She did her doctorate in inorganic chemistry from Howard University in the US in 2018. She obtained her master’s degree from King Saud University in Riyadh and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tabuk.
Al-Khamis is a member of several scientific bodies such as the Supreme Committee of Prince Fahd bin Sultan Award for Scientific Excellence, American Chemical Society, and the Committee for the National Olympiad for Scientific Creativity.
She has presented many research studies during her career, and participated locally and abroad in specialist activities in the science field.