SHANGHAI — Thesp Vivian Wu (“The Joy Luck Club”) will star in “Shanghai Red,” written, produced and helmed by her husband, Oscar Luis Costo.
Filming will begin Monday in Shanghai, the actress’s hometown.
Wu plays a woman torn between the traditions of an older China and the openness of modern Shanghai.
Co-stars include Richard Burgi (“24”), Ge You (“Lifetimes”) and Sun Honglei (“Zhou Yu’s Train”). Dialogue is a mix of Chinese and English.
The co-production between Wu and Costo’s Mar de Oro Films and Shanghai Film Studios will be shot with a multinational crew including d.p. Adam Kane (“Legacy”), costume designer Chen Fei and production designer Jeff Knipp (“The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada”).
Pic is slated to be the first in a series of Shanghai-centered productions from Wu and Costo.
Wu was born and raised in Shanghai and left the mainland for the U.S. in 1987 after starring in Bernardo Bertolucci’s “The Last Emperor.”
She returned to China in late 2003 to play one of the leads in Ann Hu’s “The Beauty Remains,” released in China earlier this year.