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Li Bingbing To Circle Stan Lee's REALM In The New Superheroine Movie
It's been a few years since comic book father figure Stan Lee circled the idea of producing a superhero movie with a Chinese lead. At the time it was with Blackhat co-star Leehom Wang who was then-tapped for the lead role in Annihilator for Magic Storm, and of course, one wonders exactly what happened for it to fizzle over time.
At least now we know that Lee isn't too straying too far from the idea of an Asian superhero movie lead since then, now with whatever the case may be involving The Forbidden Kingdom, Transformers: Age Of Extinction and Zhong Kui co-star Li Bingbing in the new film, Realm with Predators scribe Alex Litvak writing the script based on Lee's original concept. "What a kick it has been to create our first Chinese female superhero, and an empowering one at that," said Lee in a new report from THR. "It has been such a fun experience bringing to life an international woman character, and the ability to do so has been different from anything we’ve ever done! I am thoroughly enjoying every minute of it."
Plot details remain nil though Li, who is producing and starring separately in the upcoming 3D sci-fi adventure, Nest, is also producing Realm with producers from Stan Lee Global and Beijing-based Fundemental Films, and Fundemental's own Gary Glushon executive producing.
Fantasia 2018's second wave of titles arrived on Thursday and the first thing that stood out to me in a social media post was the name Cynthia Rothrock. That said all I needed to know to look further into the raft of titles, segments and events made public before the full line-up announcement on July 7 and as expected, the programme is turning out to be quite the feat.
Erik Matti's hotly anticipated BuyBust is pretty much an all-in factor for the hardcore action fans already lined-up for its August 10 North American release from Well Go USA. The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion starring Kim Da-Mi was another surprise in recent weeks showcasing a rather awesome trailer for I Saw The Devil writer Park Hoon-Jung's latest feature directing effort.
Also in tow are Sam Elliott in The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot, Searching starring Jon Cho, and awards and celebrations of the aforementioned Rothrock as well as other screenings like Victor Vu's Loi Bao which I'…
Another headlining rematch is on deck for Wilson Yip's Ip Man 4 with Jackie Chan apparently set to appear opposite star Donnie Yen. This little detail, by way of a report on Wednesday at Jaynestars cites local news sources, confirms that filming has wrapped for the fourth installment in which Chan will play a respected Chinatown Big Brother amid the story setting that lands our title hero in the U.S. alongside martial arts progeny Bruce Lee.
Yen and Chan have shared the screen together a few times in Shanghai Knights (2003) and The Twins Effect 2 (a.k.a. Blade Of Kings) (2004). The two are joined by Paradox co-star Chris Collins and Vanness Wu of Star Runner fame, both who share respective screen history with actor Scott Adkins who also stars.
Oddly enough and despite viral posts, the report also suggests Ip Man 3 co-star and Kung Fu League headliner and most-noted Bruce Lee persona in recent memory; Danny Chan may be sitting out the role this time around.
A late 2018 or early 20…
Here's a little something to bare in mind for a potemtial future Hit List entry: Enter John Fallon of The Shelter, American Muscle and upcoming Heretic helmer, and newcomer, actor and martial artist Marc Natoli who've since completed their work on Paul Allica's new feature venture, The Siege Of Robin Hood on which Fallon served as co-star and producer.
Going forward, they now turn their attention to the forthcoming July shortfilm production, The Proposal. The two are joined by Neighbors actress Kahli Williams with a script from Fallon, and Ben Whimper, best known for producing projects like shortfilms Quanta and Arrowhead, and now staking his claim at the helm to direct. When gun for hire and all around tough customer Mason Stone (Marc Natoli) takes his long time girlfriend Emma (Kahli Williams) out on the town with the intent of popping the big question, he finds his proposal plans rudely interrupted by a group of highly skilled assassins who want him dead. What's a …