"House of Lies" to become first US popular TV series to be filmed in Cuba

Posted: 07-Jan-16 10:39

The popular American fiction TV series, House of Lies, is all ready and rearing to go to Havana in order to film a one-of-a-kind episode there, thus becoming the first US show of its kind to ever be filmed in the Caribbean island nation. And Cuba won't just be given any minor cameo role in the production; instead it will be prominently featured in a landmark episode that will mark the series' fifth season finale.

"House of Lies" to become first US popular TV series to be filmed in Cuba

After being granted permission with all green lights giving the official go-ahead, it looks like the whole production and acting team from the increasingly popular dark comedy US TV series “House of Lies” will be making it soon to Cuba to film a very special show – the fifth season’s closing episode no less.

Led by the show’s main star and executive producer, Don Cheadler, the House of Lies full cast (which includes co-starring actress Kristen Bell) will be travelling to Cuba as soon as next week to start filming this last show of the season on Sunday, 10th January, with most of the shootage expected to take place in and around the capital city of Havana.

Marking the first time that a US show of this kind is filmed in the island since the reestablishment of diplomatic ties between Cuba nd the US, House of Lies will perhaps be paving the way for other popular American TV series to follow suit. The move to shoot in Havana has been approved from both sides, with the US Treasury Department and the Office of Foreign Assets (OFAC) having also given its backing for the production to shoot in Havana.

Leading actor, Don Cheadle revealed that his character in the show, consultant Marty Kihn in the series, together with his team have been moving around the world throughout the series to include quite an array of diverse filming locations across the globe, but noted that this “historical trip” to Cuba is the “biggest and wildest adventure” they’ve ever lived.

House of Lies, which first aired on 2012 and is based on the book by Martin Kihn, sees Cheadle transform into manipulative management consultant, Marty, whose ambition for power seems to have no limits. In the upcoming fifth season, the main character has only one goal and focus: ascending from millionaire mogul to global dominator.

Premiering sometime before the end of this year, House of Lies’ fifth season will sure pack in more than one surprise, not least of all its culmination in the Cuban capital, of which Don Cheadle adds:

"It’s sure to be one for the record books, for both our characters and for our cast and crew."

It’s the first time a scripted US TV series will film an episode in Cuba since the 50s. Recent predecessors that made the most of the US-Cuba thaw and dived head first into the filming in Cuba move, included the “Conan in Cuba” special programme that saw US late-night TV talkshow led by comedian Conan O’Brien travel to the island to offer a light-hearted, humorous look into Cuban daily life. It marked the first time an American talkshow host filmed in Cuba since 1959, when Jack Paar shot an interview with Fidel Castro at the Havana Hilton. Another precursor of another kind was Discovery Channel’s automotive-themed documentary series titled “Cuban Chrome”, which officially became the first U.S. series to film in Cuba since restored relations.


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