Besson shoots ‘Light’

Michelle Yeoh plays Aung San Suu Kyi

Luc Besson is teaming with Michelle Yeoh for a biopic on Burmese pro-democracy politician and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi.

Yeoh plays Suu Kyi in the project, which has the working title “Into the Light.”

EuropaCorp, Besson’s production, distribution and sales company, is producing.

Shooting has wrapped in Thailand and will move to London, followed by a fortnight’s studio shoot in France, according to exec producer Marc Malecot of Siam Movies, a French-Thai company that is providing services on “Light.”

At the opening of July’s Shanghai Film Festival, Besson announced that his next film would star an unidentified Asian actress. EuropaCorp was reportedly shopping “Light” to buyers at Toronto.

EuropaCorp declined to comment on Yeoh’s casting Thursday. But the Associated Press reported that Yeoh met Suu Kyi on Monday at the lakeside mansion where she had been held for many years.

Suu Kyi was freed by Burma’s military junta Nov. 15, having spent 15 of the past 20 years in prison or under house arrest after her party, the National League for Democracy, won 80% of votes in 1990 general elections. “Light” is skedded for delivery next spring or summer.

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