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Hugh Jackman Joins 'Snow Flower', Zhang Ziyi Backs Out

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February 2, 2010

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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.

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  • El Hoopso
    haha the title infers that Zhang Ziyi quit as soon as she heard Hugh was on board
  • DEADPOOL,MERC WITH A MOUTH
    rock hard wolverine in a film called snow flower,how nice.
  • Cineprog
    Li BingBing was good in the Forbiden kingdom, Here's hoping that Snow flowers and the secret fan is a ass kicking kung fu flim.
  • NMFilmgirl
    If you read the novel, then surely you know it's not a kungfu film; rather, a story of female friendship over time. Sorry to learn that Zhang Zi Yi is no longer involved as I was really looking forward to seeing her in this. Oh well. And I don't recall a Caucasian character in the book...it'll be interesting to see what Jackman's role is.
  • Filmgoer
    Hugh Jackman's role is to get publicity for the film and get the audience of young males interested in what would otherwise be an historical chick flick. Lisa See is an excellent writer, by the way. Another one of her novels, "Peony in Love," has been optioned by Scott Free Productions (Tony and Ripley Scott's film and television production company).
  • filmlady
    Whatever Hugh's role is, I will see it. I love anything he does.

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