Director Zhang Yimou 張藝謀 has completed casting his upcoming epic Hollywood project The Great Wall with Chinese superstar Andy Lau, Jing Tian, Zhang Hanyu, Eddie Peng, Lu Han, Lin Gengxin, Zheng Kai, Chen Xue Dong, Huang Xuan, and Wang Jun Kai (from TFBoys). Hollywood stars Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal, and William Dafoe will also be joining the Chinese actors.
The plot centers on “an elite force of soldiers making a last stand for humanity against mythical creatures on the world’s most iconic structure”. Production is set to begin in China this March.
The main casting looks extremely male-centered. And there are more “idol” faces than I expected but I guess Zhang Yimou and the producers want to lure in fangirls. Lin Gengxin and Eddie Peng are both rising names with solid filmographies – I’m happy for Eddie because I remember he said he wanted to star in an international movie. Meanwhile, this will be the film debut of Wang Jun Kai, who is the leader of popular boy group TFBoys.
Zhang Yimou last directed Coming Home starring Gong Li to mixed to positive reviews. Gong Li received her first Golden Horse Best Actress nomination for her performance.