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Jay Chou nabs lead in ‘Ci Ling’

Taiwanese multi-hyphenate set for action pic

HONG KONG — Taiwanese multi-hyphenate Jay Chou will star in “Ci Ling” a period action film from the producers of his 2008 Asian hit “Kung Fu Dunk,” it was confirmed by his management company JVR.

Film, about time-traveling lovers in Genghis Khan’s Mongolia, will reunite Chou with “Dunk” director Chu Yen-ping. The film will be produced by Taiwanese production company Chang Hong.

 The announcement puts to rest rumors that Chou would next appear in “Kung Fu Dunk 2.” Unlike other Asian singer-actors, who regularly juggle hefty music careers with slates of film appearances, Chou has been selective about movies, appearing in only a handful of lead roles in four years.

“We have already brought the combination of kung fu and basketball to the top with ‘Kung Fu Dunk,’ and the worst thing for cinema is to be repetitive and stale, which is why we have decided to make a fresh, action-packed adventure,” said Wu Dan, chairman of shingle Chang Hong.

Released in February, “Kung Fu Dunk” scored the 10th-biggest opening weekend of all time at the Chinese box office with $6.9 million and cumed $15.9 million.

“Ci Ling” is slated to lense in March with for a Chinese New Year release in 2010.

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