Directed by Tsui Hark and produced by Shi Nan Sun, Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (initial title: Di renjie) will start shooting in Mainland China’s Heng Dian next month. Andy Lau will be famous Tang Dynasty detective Dee, other actors includes Tony Leung Kar Fai and Li Bingbing.
It was earlier alleged that Li Bingbing, Zhou Xun, Zhang Ziyi and other actresses has chances of taking up the role of Empress Wu, but Li Bingbing chose to take up the role of Shanguan Wan Er. When asked why she didn’t choose to be Empress Wu, Li Bingbing says: “From the start my role is Shanguan Wan Er.”
With regards to who will be taking up the role of Empress Wu? There was allegations in the Internet that it will be taken up by a middle age Hong Kong heavyweight actress, Lin Ching-hsia and Cherie Chung were invited. Actually both Lin Ching-hsia and Cherie Chung are familiar with Tsui Hark and Shi Nan Sun, as they collaborated with them before quitting showbiz. Recently both Lin Ching-hsia and Cherie Chung were alleged to make a return to showbiz but whom will for the sake of Tsui Hark, we will have to wait for the answer.
news from: Ming Pao