Magazine article Screen International

Gong Li to Star in Tarsem Singh's Marco Polo Project

Magazine article Screen International

Gong Li to Star in Tarsem Singh's Marco Polo Project

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EXCLUSIVE: English-language film produced by Gianni Nunnari and Endgame's James Stern will be a US-China joint venture.

Chinese superstar Gong Li is to star in the film about Marco Polo being readied by producer Gianni Nunnari and director Tarsem Singh. She will play a Mongolian empress in the film which should gobefore the cameras in inner Mongolia towards the end of 2012.

Speaking to Screen in Cannes last week, Gong said that the film would be shot in English but would be a major US/China joint venture. "So far the collaboration between China and the US has mainly involved Chinese actors going to work aborad, so it's a great thing to have a Chinese story shoot in China with both Chinese and foreign actors."

She adds that the story of Marco Polo itself relates to communication between China and the west.

The actor playing Marco Polo has not yet been announced. …

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