Tom Cruise flies into Colombian Amazon for filming

US actor Tom Cruise (right) speaking with a group of soldiers of the Colombian army in Araracuara, Amazonas province, Colombia on Aug 23, 2015.
US actor Tom Cruise (right) speaking with a group of soldiers of the Colombian army in Araracuara, Amazonas province, Colombia on Aug 23, 2015. PHOTO: EPA

BOGOTA (AFP) - Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise, fresh off his latest Mission: Impossible hit, was in Colombia filming scenes for a new film in a remote Amazon basin region, military sources said on Monday.

Cruise, 53, was "working on scenes for an upcoming film about the life of one of Pablo Escobar's pilots," said Major Cristian Caballero of Jungle Army Batallion 50.

The movie is based on the life of United States pilot Barry Seal, who worked for the legendary Colombian drug kingpin who was killed in Medellin in December 1993.