Actor Tom Cruise met with the mayor of the Colombian city of Medellín, Anibal Gaviria, on Saturday to discuss the filming of "Mena."
Cruise arrived on Thursday and plans to stay a few more days, according to the mayor.
"Mena," set to be released in January 2017, is a thriller about the life of Barry Seal, an American pilot who became a drug smuggler in the 1980s and who was recruited later on by the DEA to provide intelligence.
"It was a friendly and productive meeting that lasted more than an hour," Gaviria said, adding that Medellin Film Commission members and Dinamo Producciones executive Andres Calderon also took part in the gathering.
The 53-year-old actor thanked officials for their support and said he felt "comfortable" in the city, Gaviria said.
In "Mena" Cruise is set to play Seal, who worked for renowned cartel leader Pablo Escobar and later became an informant for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
"Cruise is living in Medellin. He's gone to different restaurants to eat and has spent time with the people," the mayor said.
The Hollywood star was impressed with the "beauty of the mountains" in Medellin, Gaviria said. "His comments about the city were positive and he has an extremely positive impression of Colombia."
Cruise shared some ideas about how to turn Medellin into the "film industry capital of Latin America," the mayor said.