Hugh Jackman Joins 'Snow Flower', Zhang Ziyi Backs Out
by Ethan Anderton
February 2, 2010
Back in November we got word of Zhang Ziyi's next project, the Wayne Wang directed English language film Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. However, word comes from THR that Ziyi (citing scheduling conflicts with her other project The Grand Master) has been replaced with Li Bingbing (The Forbidden Kingdom), plus Hugh Jackman will have an unbilled cameo in this adaptation of the Lisa See novel of the same name which tells the story of the lifelong friendship of Lily and Snow Flower and their imprisonment by rigid cultural codes of conduct for women. Jeon Ji-Hyun (Blood: The Last Vampire) has also joined the cast.
This will be Wang's first film in China and with Jackman's involvement marks another big name Hollywood actor to join a production in China after Kevin Spacey joined Inseperable last month. No word if Ziyi is still producing the film, but the production isn't slowing down as filming moves to Shanghai next. Though it would be a bit more interesting to see Jackman in a lead role in a Chinese film like this, the female-driven story doesn't exactly allow for it. Still, this sounds like it could be a great film and we'll be following it until its premiere presumably at an upcoming fest. Stay tuned for more developments as production continues.