Anna May Wong Biopic Planned at Fundamental Films

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.

More Film

  • Kate Winslet Diane Keaton Mia Wasikowska

    Kate Winslet, Diane Keaton, Mia Wasikowska to Star in 'Silent Heart' Remake

    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 […]

  • (L to R) Young Tanya (JESSICA

    'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying

    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 […]

  • Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

    'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' Stage Musical in the Works

    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 […]

  • Sundance Film Festival Placeholder

    Sundance Festival's Economic Impact Jumps Up 26% From 2017, Study Says

    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 […]

  • Aubrey Plaza'Ingrid Goes West' film premiere,

    LA Film Festival Adds Inclusion Initiatives

    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 […]

  • Robin Hood trailer

    Jamie Foxx Teaches Taron Egerton to Steal From the Rich in 'Robin Hood' Trailer

    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 […]

  • 'Dark Knight' Changed Movies, and the

    Christopher Nolan's 'Dark Knight' Changed Movies, and the Oscars, Forever

    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 […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content