According to Mtime.com
, Hong Kong singer/actress Karen Mok (So Close
, Around the World in 80 Days
) has landed the female lead role in Keanu Reeves' directorial debut Man of Tai Chi
. Mok will play a police officer in the modern Kung fu flick. Among the Chinese actresses supposedly considered for the part during the months-long casting process in China were Zhang Ziyi, Gong Li, Liu Yifei, Josie Ho and Huang Shengyi (aka Eva Huang). As reported before, stunt/martial arts trainer Tiger Chen who coached Reeves in The Matrix
trilogy will play the lead role while Reeves will play the main villain.
China Film Group, Village Roadshow Asia, Wanda Media and Universal
Pictures will co-produce the film. Universal Pictures will also handle
the North America distribution. Filming is expected to begin in Beijing in February.
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