The upcoming historic epic film 1911 will mark Jackie Chan's hundredth film project. Chan stars in the film and co-directed it with Red Cliff cinematographer Zhang Li.
The billing coincides with the centennial of the Wuchang Uprising, also the film's storyline, when Sun Yat-sen's forces overthrew the Qing Dynasty and founded of the Republic of China.
The film's distributor Well Go plans to mark the occasion with a simultaneous release in China and the US in October 2011. Its president Doris Pfardrescher told The Hollywood Reporter, "Jackie Chan is an icon and it's just thrilling for us to be able to bring this film to his North American fans on the same day and date as Asia's theatrical release."
Also known as Xinhai Revolution, the film also stars Zhao Wen Xuan, Li Bingbing, Joan Chen ( The Last Emperor), Taiwanese actress Feng-Jiao Lin, and Jaycee Chan, son of Jackie Chan.
Chan has appeared in actions and comedies The Karate Kid, Rush Hour, and Shanghai Knights, and has lent his voice for the Kung Fu Panda films. In 1911 he will play a dramatic role, portraying a military officer in battle but without his signature acrobatic martial arts.
Originally, Chan's 100th film was expected to be Armor of God 3: Chinese Zodiac, but with Shaolin (2011) opening in Asia and Australia, Armor of God was pushed back to open in 2012. Shaolin stars Andy Lau and is directed by Benny Chang - it's a remake of the 1982 film Shaolin Temple with Jet Li.