Chow Yun Fat and Gong Li have signed to star in “Autumn Remembrance,” a drama that will be shot in China next February by director Zhang Yimou.
Pic marks the first time in 11 years that Zhang has worked with Gong. They became huge stars in China with such collaborations as “Raise the Red Lantern” and “Ju Dou,” and last worked together in the 1995 pic “Shanghai Triad.” New film will be distributed by Elite Group, and U.S. distribution hasn’t yet been sealed.
Chow and Gong will play star-crossed lovers who fall in love within the borders of a kingdom. She plays Phoenix, an imperial bodyguard, while he plays Prince Ping. Numerous forces, including Ping’s stepmother, who is also in love with him, try to keep the lovers apart. It leads them on a dangerous journey where secrets of the royal family are uncovered.
Chow is currently starring in “Pirates of the Caribbean 2” and will likely take another film before heading to China. Gong, who will next be seen in the Rob Marshall-directed “Memoirs of a Geisha” for Sony, is currently filming “Miami Vice,” opposite Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx for director Michael Mann and Universal.
Zhang, who last directed “House of Flying Daggers” and “Hero,” will first complete “Riding Along for Thousands of Miles” before making “Autumn Remembrance.”