Movie news round-up

Let’s face it, all we really want is a Wu Jing vs Jackie Chan fight.

  • Ma Li will star in buddy comedy written by Karen McCullah (Legally Blond, Ella Enchanted, She’s the Man) . Eva Jin (Sophie’s Revenge) will direct.  (Deadline)
  • The story centers on an unlikely pair of alpha females — Zoe, an American tech entrepreneur who relocates her company to China, and Maylin (Ma), a local female bodyguard who is hired to protect her. When Zoe’s life is threatened, the odd couple must put aside differences and join forces in order to survive.

  • Gong Li signed on to star as volleyball legend Lang Ping in upcoming film. (SCMP)
  • Hu Ge signed on to play coach and husband Jiang Shan in upcoming Li Na epic by Peter Chan. Poster below the cut. (Sina)
  • Avengers and I, Tonya star Sebastian Stan will star in 355, the spy-thriller starring Fan Bingbing, Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o and Penélope Cruz.  Marion Cortillard has dropped out due to personal reasons.  Filming is expected to begin in July (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • Filming has concluded for The Climbers, a thriller about the climb to Mt. Everest. The film stars Wu Jing, Jackie Chan, Zhang Ziyi, Zhang Yi, Jing Boran, Hu Ge, and Wang Jingchun. Poster above.
  • Henry Lau joins the sequel of A Dog’s Purpose  (LA Times)
  • Chen Kaige, Guan Hu, Ning Hao, Wen Muye, Xue Xiaolu, Zhang Yibai, and Huang Jianxin team for a film project Me and My Motherland . The film will star Liu Haoran, Arthur Chen Feiyu, Ou Hao, Ge You, Tian Zhuangzhuang, Zhang Yi, among others.
  • News and analysis on upcoming sci-fi films in China, including a  Infinitum Nihil,  adaptation of Chen Qiufan’s  short story, The Year of The RatSCMP
  • Liao Fan attached to upcoming film “Taking Height 501”, an war epic about a WWII event when  800 Chinese troops rescued 7,000 British forces from Japanese control. . (Variety)
  • Donnie Yen English interview, mostly for the final installment of his Ip Man series – Ip Man 4.    (The Hollywood Reporter)
  • While Arthouse Films Struggle in America, in China They Thrive (Indiewire)

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