Over the weekend we heard that Benjamin Walker had joined the cast of “The Great Wall,” a film to be directed by Ed Zwick with Henry Cavill starring as well. Now we have word that Zhang Ziyi has joined the cast AND that the shoot has been moved from this fall to next spring. So change your vacation plans, those of you who had been planning to stalk the production.
Considering that the studio behind the film, Legendary Pictures, had scrapped Alex Proyas’s “Paradise Lost” due to budget concerns, there was some thought that the change meant this film was in trouble as well. However, according to Deadline, the reason is much more benign: the weather will be better in the spring. Moreover, the film is meant to start off the studio’s Legendary East division, for movies filming in China, so it’s really unlikely that they’re having second thoughts.
Here’s “The Great Wall” story:
Set in 15th century China, The Great Wall is about British warriors who happen upon the hurried construction of the massive wall. As night falls, the warriors realize that the haste in building the wall isn’t just to keep out the Mongols — there is something inhuman and more dangerous.
Zhang Ziyi has “The Grandmasters,” directed by Kar Wai Wong and also starring Tony Leung, hopefully out later this year (though international dates no doubt vary widely). She also stars in the intriguing China-set remake of “Dangerous Liaisons.”