The director, Anthony Minguella, visited Egypt and Morocco looking for the ideal place to shoot the film but found it in Tunisia.
"The Tunisian Sahara is perfect, like Lawrence of Arabia's," he said.
The scenes that recreate the walls of the city of Jerusalem were shot in the Ribat of Monastir.
Antonio Banderas filmed in Tunisia "Black Gold", a story about power and ambition. The selected area, Oung el Jmel.
The film is produced by local film magnate Tarak Ben Ammar with the libretto by Menno Meyjes, the director of "Manolete". With Freida Pinto, discovered in "Slumdog Millionaire". Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud, author of "Le Nom de la Rose" and "L'Ours".
Sylvester Stallone rolls in southern Tunisia The Expendables 4.
The chosen area, the same as the rest of its predecessors, Oung el Jmel.
Other films shot in Tunisia:
Pirates of Roman Polanski.
The tiger and snow of Roberto Benigni.
La vérité si je mens! 2.