Magazine article Screen International

'The Wonder' 3D Fantasy Heads for China Shoot

Magazine article Screen International

'The Wonder' 3D Fantasy Heads for China Shoot

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China-NZ-UK 3D fantasy The Wonder, starring Karl Urban (Dredd) and Willow Shields (The Hunger Games) is currently prepping in China with shoot due to get underway early next month.

UK sales outfit Embankment Films has boarded international sales on the $20m feature, which will now be directed by actor-director Saul Rubinek (True Romance) who has taken over from Sliding Doors filmmaker Peter Hewitt.

Additional cast includes Il Postino actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Chinese teen star Wu Lei and leading Chinese actress Joe Chen Chiau-En (The Monkey King).

Also new to the English-language production is financier Tien Ran Media Group, a subsidiary of e-commerce giant Alibaba, which is making its first foray into international film production.

Tien Ran replaces Show + Share Investment as the film's primary Chinese financier. …

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