Vino G. Bastian to star in film about Muslim scholar Buya Hamka
Actor Vino G. Bastian reportedly will play the leading role of legendary Muslim scholar Buya Hamka in a collaboration by prominent Indonesian production houses Starvision and Falcon Pictures.
Other actors and actresses signed up with the project are Laudya Cynthia Bella, Desy Ratnasari, Donny Damara, Ayudia Bing Slamet, Mellya Baskarani, Rhesa Putri, Mawar De Jongh, Ben Kasyafani, Verdi Solaiman, Marthino Lio, Alfie Alfandy, Yoga Pratama, Rebong, Rifnu Wikana and Ayu Laksmi.
“This is a collaboration between Falcon, Starvision and the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI). Buya Hamka is well-known figure. Hopefully the film can be an inspiring story for us all, Indonesian and international moviegoers,” Starvision producer Chand Parwez said in Jakarta on Monday, as quoted by antara.com.
Chand said the idea to make a movie about the cleric came up in 2014 when he met Din Syamsuddin, the former MUI head.He added that the process of creating the script had taken a long time because it had involved many changes.
“[The process started] when I met Pak Din in 2014. It was quite long, but it needs to take that long. This is not a light production,” Chand was quoted as saying.
The principal filming will commence in April 2019 in Maninjau, West Sumatera. Besides Maninjau, scenes for the movie will also be filmed in Semarang and Tegal in Central Java, as well as in Sukabumi, West Java, and in Jakarta.
The producers aim to have the movie out in theaters next year.(gis/mut)