Postcard from... Beijing
Shooting begins in Beijing this week on the latest instalment of the Iron Man series, with the producers introducing a well-known Chinese actor to help ensure the film gets a favourable reception in the fastest growing major movie market in the world.
Wang Xueqi, who featured in the popular local films Sacrifice and Bodyguards & Assassins, has been cast as Dr Wu. He also stars in China's entry in the foreign-language category of the Oscars, Caught in the Web.
"Uniting the best of the United States and China to produce world-leading entertainment on Iron Man 3 is truly a unique experience and marks the first time a franchise movie of this size has filmed in China," DMG executive Dan Mintz said.
The Beijing-based DMG is helping the US comics company Marvel with production, and the inclusion of a bona fide Chinese star and the decision to shoot in China will certainly help with its bid to gain co-production status.
If a film is judged to be a full co-production it is treated like a homegrown Chinese film and so sidesteps a quota restricting the number of imported films. It is also immune from the periodic blackouts of foreign films, and the filmmakers get a bigger share of box office revenues.
Chinese film authorities were said to be livid when the director, Shane Black, told the Comicon conference in San Diego in July that neither he nor the cast would go to China during Iron Man 3 shooting, and that he would rely on a second-unit crew "while I'm by my swimming pool".
- 1 Emma Watson on Jennifer Lawrence naked photo leak: 'Even worse than seeing women's privacy violated is reading the comments'
- 2 Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb
- 3 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
- 4 Cee Lo Green: It is only rape if the victim is conscious
- 5 Katie Hopkins breaks down in tears over weight gain challenge: ‘I hate fat people for making me do this’
Perez Hilton apologises for publishing Jennifer Lawrence naked 4Chan photos
Emma Watson on Jennifer Lawrence naked photo leak: 'Even worse than seeing women's privacy violated is reading the comments'
Ariana Grande nude photos leak: Pictures are completely fake, say representatives
Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb
Katie Hopkins breaks down in tears over weight gain challenge: ‘I hate fat people for making me do this’
Rotherham child sex abuse scandal: Labour Home Office to be probed over what Tony Blair's government knew - and when
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Ashya King: Parents of five-year-old boy refused permission to visit him in hospital and denied bail at Spanish court
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
Ashya King: 'Cruel NHS has not given us the treatment we need', says father of five-year-old with brain tumour who fled to Spain
£30000 - £45000 per annum + benefits+bonus+package: Harrington Starr: Front-Of...
£700 per day: Harrington Starr: Quantitative Developer C++, Python, STL, R, PD...
£700 per day: Harrington Starr: Java/Calypso Developer Java, Calypso, J2EE, J...
£500 per day: Harrington Starr: SQL Developer SQL, C#, Stored Procedures, MDX...