A new television series starring veteran actor John Malkovich will be filmed in Puerto Rico adding millions to the local economy and much-needed jobs to the U.S. commonwealth.
Malkovich will star as the pirate Blackbeard in the NBC series “Crossbones,” a show that will be filmed on location in the capitol city of San Juan as well as towns Luquillo and Fajardo.
“I hope Puerto Rico feels honored by the work we’ll do here,” said Malkovich during a Tuesday press conference with Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla in San Juan.
During the press conference Puerto Rican authorities announced that that the new series will add $29.4 million to the local economy and create around 1,500 jobs, reports EFE. The series will also employ 48 Puerto Rican actors.
“This production strengthens the image of the ‘All-Star Island,” which has “great professionals as actors, doubles and technicians” and offers “an extraordinary scenic beauty,” Garcia Padilla announced.
Malkovich – a producer, director and fashion designer – will also debut a new menswear collection next month at the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico.
“Crossbones” is just the latest in a slew of projects to be shot in Puerto Rico, the result of Garcia Padilla’s initiative to bring film and television productions to the island of 3.67 million. In the current fiscal year – which began last July – a total of eight movies will be filmed, adding an estimate of $56.7 million revnues for Puerto Rico, Garcia Padilla said.
Puerto Rico is currently burdened by $69 billion in public debt and an unemployment rate of 13.9 percent, reported the Associated Press last month, a number that is higher than any U.S. state. In 2014, the economy is “expected to contract by as much as 2 percent,” adding extra strain to the island’s cost of living for its population as new taxes are added to monthly expenditures of Puerto Ricans “already barely making ends meet,” reports the Associated Press.
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