AFM: Arclight's Asian Unit Easternlight Pacts With China's Huace on Xavier Gens' 'Lights Out'

China Dragons Illustration - P 2014
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China Dragons Illustration - P 2014

Casting is underway for a Chinese actor to lead in the female superhero film

Arclight's Asian unit Easternlight is partnering with Chinese film/TV production and distribution company Huace on female superhero movie Lights Out, and casting is under way for an A-list Chinese actress for the lead.

The partnership was announced at the American Film Market. Xavier Gens, who directed Hitman and whose supernatural thriller Crucifixion was also announced at AFM, will direct the movie. It was written by Lamont Magee and Jeff W. Byrd, who are repped by APA.

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Huace is aggressively looking to expand overseas. The company last month bought a stake in South Korea's Next Entertainment World for $52.7 million, the biggest collaboration to date between Chinese and Korean film companies.

"We are pleased to be working with Huace Pictures, one of the most respected and successful Chinese media companies, to help create a female superhero film whose cast and unbeatable action sequences will be marketable to audiences all over the world," said Elliot Tong, head of Asian sales and acquisitions for Arclight Films.

Easternlight's managing director Ying Ye said it was the start of a series of projects with Huace.

Lights Out tells of a young blind girl who lives alone with her seeing eye dog in her family’s secluded mansion after the suspicious death of her father during a Secret Service operation. Russian gangsters break in, and she is forced to make use of the fighting skills taught to her by her father.

"We are delighted at the brilliant cast prospects for Lights Out, especially the female actress for the lead part, a unique role that shows how a blind character is able to use her heightened senses to become a hero," said Gens, who is repped by Paradigm and Anonymous Content.

"The best names are vying for lead roles in the film, and we are building an A-list cast and crew to deliver a powerful cinematic experience," he added.