'Twilight,' 'Nocturnal Animals' Actors to Star in Drama 'Taipei'
Justin Chon and Ellie Bamber have joined the drama from director Jason Lester, which has begun principal photography.
Justin Chon, better known to Twilight fans as Eric Yorkie, together with Ellie Bamber, most recently seen in Nocturnal Animals and now cast in Disney's big-screen remake of The Nutcracker, have nabbed lead roles in the upcoming drama Taipei.
The film, which began principal photography Friday, is being directed by Jason Lester in his feature-length debut and is based on the acclaimed 2013 novel by Tao Lin. The story follows the fast-blooming romance between Brooklyn, N.Y., writers Erin and Paul, tracking the pair through a spontaneous wedding, drug binges, all-night urban revels and a trip to Taiwan, the country of Paul’s birth, where the couple confront their individual alienation.
Lester directs from his own script, with Jesy Odio producing and Mark L. Lester, Jeff Sackman and Berry Meyerowitz executive producing.
“Taipei is about love, alienation, loneliness, drugs, writing, technology — how we can exist and connect amidst all of the cultural detritus of the internet age,” said director Lester. "I’m thrilled to be able to bring Tao Lin’s vision to the screen."
On top of Taipei, Chon will be premiering his film Gook — which he directed and stars in — at next year's Sundance Film Festival.