Anna May Wong Biopic Planned at Fundamental Films

Anne May Wong Biopic

Shanghai-based Fundamental Films is developing “Dragon Lady” about Anna May Wong, the first Chinese-American movie star.

Producers have approached Chinese actress-singer Fan Bingbing for the lead role. Jonathan Keasey and Brant Boivin are writing the script.

Wong rose to fame with her role in 1924’s “Thief of Bagdad” with Douglas Fairbanks, but her career was plagued by offers to play negative stereotypes of Chinese females and was limited by American anti-miscegenation laws that prevented her from sharing an on-screen kiss with a person of another race. She appeared in “Daughter of the Dragon,” “Daughter of Shanghai,” and, with Marlene Dietrich, in Josef von Sternberg’s “Shanghai Express.”

Wong grew up in a poor neighborhood in downtown Los Angeles. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is depicted in the the Four Ladies of Hollywood statues at La Brea and Sunset along with Dolores del Río, Dorothy Dandridge and Mae West.

Fundamental will be producing and financing the project and will distribute in China. Gary Glushon is overseeing for the company.

Fundamental Films is now teamed with Mark Johnson on period spy thriller “China Black Chamber,” which was announced last year as the first film in its slate of English-language themed movies with a combination of top Chinese and U.S. talent. It has also partnered with Luc Besson’s Europa Corp on a number of projects, including the reboot of the “Transporter” series.

Keasey and Boivin recently wrote “My Wife Hates Your Wife” for Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment. They are repped by CAA and Trevor Astbury.

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  1. neversimplyem says:

    Not that I am about to say I am against a biopic about Anna May Wong, but there is a difference between Chinese and Chinese American. Please understand that, world. The things we go through as Chinese Americans as people now, as a history, are not stuff to just be so easily blended with China. It’s like saying Americans are extended Britons (something that people apparently still argue for, but hey, that’s a fight for another day).

  2. Balls says:

    Hollywood hates Asians.

  3. AChin says:

    Oh great! Two white men writing the script on the life of a pioneering Chinese American woman. AND they titled the film “Dragon Lady”! And, they want to star an actress who, at best, would speak heavily accented English. Can’t wait! I hope they put more stereotypes in the film just to make it interesting.

  4. Uhhh…Fan Bing Bing doesn’t speak English and Anna May Wong was as eloquent as they come. Who’s going to dub Fan Bing Bing’s voice? I hear Meryl Streep is available.

    • leigh204 says:

      Don’t you know by now Asians are interchangeable? *sarcasm* Anyway, I don’t get why this part was offered to Fan Bingbing. No offense to Miss. BingbIng as she’s a fine actress, but there are many Asian-American actresses who could’ve been approached to play Anna May Wong.

    • Ryan says:

      That’s the best comment I could think of for this, so I didn’t even try to come up with my own. Offering this to Fan Bingbing is ridiculous.

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