Director Dennie Gordon Teams With Zhang Ziyi on Prequel to 'Sophie's Revenge'
American filmmaker Dennie Gordon is teaming with international star Zhang Ziyi on the Chinese-language film My Lucky Star, the long-awaited prequel to the Chinese hit Sophie's Revenge.
The story is described as an exotic, multi-city romance containing elements of mistaken identity and an international crime caper that takes Ziyi, reprising her role as Sophie, on a glamorous adventure from Beijing to Singapore to Hong Kong and Macau. Production is under way.
With the project, Gordon becomes the first American woman to direct a feature for the domestic market in China. Eva Jin directed Sophie's Revenge.
“I am thrilled to be working on My Lucky Star and to have the great fortune to be working with some of the most creative and forward-thinking talents in the business,” Gordon said. "We are doing something new and very exciting, where a specific Hollywood style is brought to a Chinese feature."
The film is presented by Bona Entertainment and produced by Ling Lucas, Beaver Kwei, Second Chan, William Cheng and the film's Ziyi, who stars alongside Chinese singer Wang Leehom.
Ziyi is best known to American audiences for her starring roles in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; House of Flying Daggers; Memoirs of a Geisha; and Hero. She next will be seen in Dangerous Liaisons, directed by Hur Jin Ho, and Wong Kar-Wai's martial arts epic Grand Masters.
Leehom is a Chinese-American pop star and one of the hottest names in Chinese music. His credits include Ang Lee's Lust, Caution; Little Big Soldier opposite Jackie Chan; and Love in Disguise, which he also wrote and directed.
Gordon’s credits include multiple episodes of 30 Rock and The Office. She won a DGA Award for HBO’s Tracey Takes On and also has directed the feature films Joe Dirt, New York Minute and What a Girl Wants.
She is repped by CAA.