Robbins, Brody join Chinese famine pic

'Remembering 1942' novel is basis for Feng-helmed film

Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody have joined the cast of director Feng Xiaogang’s as-yet-untitled story of the deadly famine in central China in 1942 during the war against Japan.

Reps for the thesps confirmed the castings Tuesday. Huayi Brothers, Feng’s production partner, has indicated that no title has been set for the pic, which will be based on writer Liu Zhenyun’s novel “Remembering 1942.”

Feng announced the project in April with plans to begin shooting this fall for a 2012 release. Zhenyun’s novel details the human crisis that evolved as a result of a drought and the government’s distraction with the war against Japan’s occupying armies. The story is set in central China’s Henan province, south of Beijing, where Liu grew up.

Liu wrote “Cell Phone,” on which Feng based his 2003 film. Feng has become China’s most successful director with “Aftershock,” “If You Are the One,” and “If You Are the One 2.”

Robbins was last seen in “Green Lantern.” Brody is in “Midnight in Paris.”

Robbins is repped by UTA. Brody is repped by Paradigm.

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