Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Chow Yun-Fat cast as Confucius

Chow Yun-Fat has been cast to play Chinese scholar and philosopher, Confucius in a $22 million (150 million Chinese yuan) biopic backed by the Chinese government.

Shooting is due to start in approximately three weeks and Chinese filmmaker, Hu Mei will direct the project. The biopic will screen later this year to commemorate the People's Republic of China's 60th anniversary and Confucius' 2,560th birthday.

To be honest, I'm not too keen on Chow Yun-Fat's next film, Dragonball Evolution, but his historical epics in the past have been magnificent (ie: The Curse of the Golden Flower and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon); so I have high hopes for the film despite my jitters about government involvement.

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