Action fantasy to lense for eight weeks from late October
LONDON — An international cast including “Resident Evil: Retribution” star Bingbing Li and Spanish actress Maria Valverde will star in British helmer Alastair Paton’s action fantasy “400 Boys.”The $26 million film, lensing for eight weeks from late October in Hong Kong, Macau and ACE Studios in Guangzhou, China, will be produced by Bill Chamberlain and Paton for China Hollywood Film and TV Entertainment. Jodelle Ferland, the 17-year-old Canadian actress who came to attention in the lead role of Terry Gilliam’s 2005 film “Tideland” and currently lends her voice to a central character in Laika’s toonpic “ParaNorman,” heads the young cast. Li is currently starring as Ada Wong in global chart topper “Resident Evil: Retribution,” which grossed $70.7 million worldwide on its opening weekend. Valverde most recently starred in 2012 Spanish smash “I Want You,” which grossed Euros12.2 million ($15.3 million) at home to make the top 10 local films of all-time, ahead of Pedro Almodovar’s “Volver” and “All About My Mother.” The cast also Elliot Knight, recently seen in the title role of Impossible Pictures’ skein “Sinbad” for U.K. broadcaster Sky; Hong Kong actress Karena Ng, star of Wilson Yip’s 2011 film “Magic to Win”; German actress Chiara Von Galli; and young British actors Charlie Rowe, Lucy Boynton, Jonny Burt and Jack Derges. The film will be released theatrically in China through Pegasus Motion Pictures Distribution, and in Spain and Latin America through Tayrona Films. Pre-sales have also been made in Australia, France, Germany, French-speaking Canada, Benelux and Eastern Europe.