Thursday, May 24, 2007

Ziyi Zhang to Play Supporting Role in Chen Kaige's New Movie

World famous Chinese actor Zhang Ziyi is expected to play a supporting role in a film about Peking Opera legend Mei Lanfang. Zhang Ziyi will play the role of Meng Xiaodong, a female friend and rumored lover of Mei Lanfang.

The films director Chen Kaige has met with the actress during the Cannes Film Festival in France. He said it would "take some time" before a final agreement is reached. Chen Kaige will be the jury president as the 10th Shanghai International Film Festival which kicks off on June 16.

Another Chinese actress, Chen Hong, also the wife of the director, will play the heroine, or wife of the renowned artist.

Three actors of different ages, including Hong Kong star Leon Lai, will portray the life story of Mei Lanfang.

All the cast members will undergo training in performing Peking Opera before the film starts shooting in the second half of the year.

Source: CRI

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