Ziyi Zhang in talks to star in ‘Waiting’

Delayed production back on course

HONG KONG — Ziyi Zhang is in talks to star in “Waiting,” based on Ha Jin’s National Book Award-winning novel.

After a six-year delay, the project is back on course and is being shepherded by Andre Morgan and Peter Chan. Morgan has a partnership deal with Chan’s Applause Pictures via their Morgan and Chan shingle.

Story is about a doctor in China’s Revolutionary Army, trapped in an arranged marriage, who falls in love with a nurse. Plans for the English-language pic started in 2001, and little has happened since. Chan (“Perhaps Love”) was adapting the novel and was set to direct and produce the pic.

At the time, Chow Yun-fat was in talks to star, but now producers are wooing a newer generation of stars, including Zhang and Takeshi Kaneshiro.

Pic is being talked up as the next project for Chan, who is in Beijing working on post-production for “Warlords,” starring Andy Lau, Jet Li and Kaneshiro.

Morgan, who splits his time between Hollywood and China, also is a principal at L.A.-based Ruddy Morgan. In 2001, pic was due to be produced at Hweilai Studios, Ruddy Morgan’s production and post-production facility in Shanghai.

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