Speaker, Air Force welcome Netflix filming on Guam

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Lights … camera … action!  A Netflix movie is being filmed on location on Guam and both the Speaker of the Guam Legislature and the U.S. Air Force couldn’t be happier.

The U.S. Air Force confirmed to PNC News that a Netflix film entitled “Operation Christmas Drop” is being shot on location in Guam.

Lieutenant Ryan Bradley, public affairs officer at Andersen Air Force Base, told PNC News that the movie producers have contacted them and requested permission to shoot inside the base.

“We are actually excited for the opportunity to highlight the Air Force’s mission,” Bradley said.

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 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.

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.

“They came to us in February 2019. They paid a courtesy visit with one of our local business entrepreneurs, Mr. JD Iriarte, who set up the meeting for the movie folks to see us. And of course, at that time, because they were doing their due diligence, they wanted to discuss the logistics before coming to Guam,” the Speaker said.

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

The film is scheduled for release in 2020.