Since rocketing to worldwide fame after starring in the highly-acclaimed “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” Zhang Ziyi has steadily filled her portfolio not only with multi-awarded acting roles–the most memorable perhaps being Mei (“House of Flying Daggers”) and Sakamoto Chiyo (“Memoirs of a Geisha”)–but also some magnificent producer credits.
Zhang’s first produced film, “Sophie’s Revenge,” may have gotten mixed reviews from critics but went on to bag a handful of awards, including Best New Director from China Film Media Awards and Next Generation Director Awards, Best Supporting Actress from China Hua Ding Film Awards, and Most Popular Actress from China Student Film Awards for Zhang herself.
This year, Zhang Ziyi continues to explore the cinematic field as a producer with the movie “The Baby from Universe.”
Juicy Details of the Much-Anticipated “The Baby from Universe”
Otherwise known as “Oh My God” (从天儿降/Cóng Tiān Er Jiàng), “The Baby from Universe” tells the story of a couple who fervently prayed for a blessing. In answer to their earnest request, the heavens gifted them with a child. From then on, the new family traverses the happy and sad paths of life.
Labeled as a sci-fi romantic comedy, “The Baby from Universe” features the vastly popular boy band, EXO’s Lay (Zhang Yixing) in his acting debut. He will star as the “child from the heavens.”
Joining Lay in the cast are top-billing Jacqueline Li (Li Xiaolu), Cheney Chen (Chen Xuedong), Jiang Wen, Zhang Yao, and supermodel Qin Shu Pei. The roles the aforementioned actors will portray are still to be confirmed and more details about the story yet to be revealed. The only solid fact is that EXO’s Lay will be the main character and Zhang Ziyi will most probably cameo. Nonetheless, the film has already started rolling in suburb parts of Beijing.
Aside from the brilliant stars, the production team also boasts of a prominent production team. Co-producing the film with Zhang is Wei Nan, who also leads the screenwriting department with his brother, Wei Min, and Li Qian. Acting as general producer is Guo Jingming—the brain behind bestselling novels and box-office hit series, “Tiny Times.”
Leste Chen, who has helmed successful movies such as “20 Once Again” (a remake of the widely-praised Korean film, “Miss Granny”), “Eternal Summer,” and “The Great Hypnotist,” will serve as the film’s artistic director.
Given the background of both the movie’s cast and crew, we can rest assured that the film will present us with gorgeous cinematography as it introduces its characters and share with us life lessons that most of us have either constantly ignored or unfortunately forgotten.
This highly-anticipated film is set for release later this year.