WME Signs Chinese Actress Yu Nan (Exclusive)
In addition to starring in the blockbuster 'Wolf Warrior' franchise, Yu also appeared in 'The Expendables 2.'
WME has signed Chinese actress Yu Nan, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.
Yu played the female lead in 2015's Wolf Warrior and was in a few scenes in the blockbuster 2017 sequel, which, at more than $850 million, is China's highest-grossing film of all time. She is slated to return for the third installment, due next year.
Fluent in English and French, Yu appeared in Hollywood's Speed Racer and The Expendables 2. Her most recent credits were China's Explosion and the China-Australia co-production The Longest Shot.
In addition to action flicks, Yu has proven her prowess in dramatic work, starring as the title character in Tuya's Marriage, which won the Golden Bear at 2007's Berlinale. The following year, she returned to Berlin with domestic drama In Love We Trust, which won filmmaker Wang Xiaoshuai a Silver Bear for best script. Other notable credits include filmmaker Ning Hao's 2013 "Chinese Western" No Man's Land and Fei Xing's 2013 legal drama Silent Witness. Having steadily worked as a leading lady since her 1999 debut, Yu has previously served as a Dior brand ambassador in China.
WME's other recent dealings in China include signing actress Liu Yifei, star of Disney's upcoming Mulan live-action adaptation, and filmmaker Lu Zhengyu. The agency unveiled a Chinese joint venture with Sequoia Capital, Tencent and FountainVest Partners in summer 2016 and a year later partnered with Village Roadshow and China's Perfect World Pictures to form Beijing-based production company Perfect Village Entertainment.