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‘Beckett’ Is the First Netflix Movie Shot Entirely in Greece

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Beckett, the title character standing in front of some decidedly Greek scenery at the ancient site of Delphi. Credit: Screenshot from YouTube/@Netflix

The trailer for the first Netflix movie shot entirely in Greece, named “Beckett,” was released on Thursday.

This movie marks a historic moment for Greece as it enters the online platform that is taking over the film industry.

‘Beckett’ is the first Netflix movie shot exclusively in Greece

The newest Netflix movie filmed in Greece, categorized as an action thriller, is sure to keep audiences at the edge of their seats while still providing beautiful Greek scenery.

The synopsis reads, “While vacationing in Greece, Beckett (John David Washington), an American tourist, becomes the target of a manhunt after a devastating accident. Forced to run for his life and desperate to reach the U.S. Embassy in Athens to clear his name, tensions escalate as the authorities close in, political unrest mounts, and Beckett falls even deeper into a dangerous web of conspiracy.”

The movie stars up and coming actors including John David Washington, Boyd Holbrook, Vicky Krieps, and Alicia Vikander. The film is also being backed by more established figures, including Luca Guadagnino, who is producing the film. Guadagnino was catapulted into international fame and acclaim through the 2017 film “Call Me By Your Name,” which he also produced and directed.

The film will premiere at the 74th Locarno Film Festival in Locarno, Switzerland on August 4. It is then scheduled to be released on the online streaming platform for anyone with a Netflix account to be able to stream the movie on August 13. 

The trailer for the thrilling blockbuster is shown below.

Greece to become an international filming hub

Up to eighteen international movies will be shot in Greece in 2021, confirming the industry’s demand for the country’s nearly endless variety of stunning landscapes and stunning historic monuments.

The director of the Hellenic Cinema Center, Venia Vergou, said recently that the expected revenues from foreign productions in 2021 could reach a staggering 90 million euros ($106 million).

She added that this foreign interest creates a “positive domino effect” that will help attract further productions.

Huge Hollywood movie productions such as “Knives Out 2,” which stars Greek-Filipino actor Dave Bautista and “James Bond” actor Daniel Craig, are set to film in Greece this year.

A movie about Giannis Antetokounmpo’s life, titled “Greek Freak,” has also just wrapped filming in the center of Athens.

The biopic, which is being produced by the streaming service Disney+, filmed scenes in the hot Athenian sun in order to accurately portray the city in which Antetokounmpo grew up.

Antonio Banderas and Kate Bosworth are just some of the world famous actors who are now filming in Thessaloniki, Greece for a star-studded movie with the working title “The Enforcer.”

The production is flying in 300 actors and crew members for the production. However, local technicians and craftsmen of all specialties are needed on set. All in all, reports claim that more than a thousand people will be involved in the filming of the new Banderas movie in Thessaloniki this summer.

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