Movie stars praise Guam as Netflix film shot on island set to premiere

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“Operation Christmas Drop” — the Netflix movie filmed on Guam early last year — will finally premiere next month on the streaming platform.

The Netflix movie is loosely based on the U.S. Air Force’s Operation Christmas Drop. The movie is about a congressional aide and a U.S. Air Force captain who clash when she’s asked to shut down the tropical U.S. Air Force base he calls home.

In real life, Operation Christmas Drop is the Department of Defense’s longest-running humanitarian airlift operation. Taking off from Andersen Air Force Base, U.S. Air Force crews drop off supplies and other necessities to far-flung islands across the Pacific.

The movie stars Kat Graham of “The Vampire Diaries” and Alexander Ludwig of “Vikings” and “The Hunger Games”.

Both Graham and Ludwig told People magazine that they had a great time on Guam.

Here are the quotes from the People magazine article dated Oct. 7 written by Aurelie Corinthios.

“The best part of shooting in Guam was always being close to the water and really shooting in paradise … We had so much fun flying around with the actual Air Force. I loved exploring the island and found really cool watering holes and secluded beaches. The people were so special and amazing. Guam is definitely one of my favorite places in the world,” Graham said.

Ludwig said: “Guam was such a cool experience — I mean, when else would I ever get a chance to go there? Best part, hands down, was experiencing life on the base and getting to know the island.”

Referring to the real Operation Christmas Drop mission, Ludwig said: “It’s a reminder that amongst all this craziness, there are good people doing good things in this world all the time. And this film celebrates that.”

Read the entire People magazine article here.


When the producers of the movie first asked Andersen Air Force Base for permission to film, Lieutenant Ryan Bradley, then public affairs officer at Andersen, said: “We are actually excited for the opportunity to highlight the Air Force’s mission.”

Speaker Tina Muna-Barnes, who has long championed the establishment of a film industry on Guam, also welcomed the filming of a Netflix movie on Guam, saying the producers of the movie had a number of locations to choose from, but they chose Guam.

Operation Christmas Drop releases globally Nov. 5. on Netflix.


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