Costa Blanca turned into big screen war-zone


In the international trailer for Guy Ritchie’s new movie The Covenant, the British director of Snatch and The Gentlemen puts the town of Villajoyosa and other places in Alicante province centre stage.

Several local areas were used as locations for many of the outdoor scenes, with the rugged terrain serving as a credible substitute for Afghanistan, where this story of war and redemption is set.

Originally titled The Interpreter, it is inspired by real events related to the evacuation of US troops from Afghanistan in August 2021, and the script – by Ritchie himself with Ivan Atkinson and Marn Davies – was developed with input from the testimonies of several soldiers.

Starring Oscar-winning actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain), the plot centres on his character, Sergeant John Kinley, whose patrol is ambushed but he is rescued by their local interpreter Ahmed, played by Iraq-born actor Dar Salim (Game of Thrones). However, once he is safely back in the US, Kinley learns that Ahmed and his family were not given passage to America as promised, so he returns to the war zone to repay his debt by saving Ahmed and his family from the local militias.

Full report in Friday’s Costa Blanca News

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