Cannes: Travis Fimmel to Star in Peter Segal’s Chinese Sci-Fi Epic 'Inversion'

Travis Fimmel - H 2016
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Travis Fimmel - H 2016

Co-written by Oscar winner Paul Haggis, the film is the first project from Hong Kong/Beijing-based production venture Facing East.

Travis Fimmel is set to star in Peter Segal’s forthcoming sci-fi epic Inversion.

The project is the first feature from Facing East, the new Hong Kong/Beijing-based production venture launched by producers Markus Barmettler and Philip Lee.

Fimmel previously starred in History's historical drama Vikings, and can next be seen starring in Legendary Entertainment's Warcraft, which is set to roll out worldwide in June.

"I love Travis' portrayal as Ragnar, king of the Vikings," said Segal. "I needed my modern-day Peter O'Toole and I found him. A man who could play a character that can command a room and make you write a huge check, before you realized he was gone and you knew you were f—ed.”

Written by Paul Haggis (Casino Royale, Crash), David Arata (Children of Men, Spy Game) and Bragi Schut (Season of the Witch), Inversion follows a street-wise American con man and a young Chinese physicist as they race against the clock to save the earth from a terrifying loss of gravity.

The film is being co-financed by Hong Kong based Pegasus Motion Pictures and Sun Entertainment. Huaxia Film Distribution will co-produce and will distribute in mainland China.

Principal photography is set to commence Sept. 12 in Dublin before moving to locations in Shanghai and Chicago.  

Mark Damon’s Foresight Unlimited is handling international sales for the project at the Cannes film market.