Legendary wuxia director Tsui Hark‘s Return of the Condor Heroes film Trilogy is having a global search for its two leads, Yang Guo and Xiaolongnü. The casting director is PoPing AuYeung and producer Shi Nansun.
They’re looking for :
- 18 to 25-year-olds who turn 18 by March 2019 and are available from then to February 2020
- Must be fluent in Mandarin
- No acting experience required
- Martial arts, gymnastics, dance, acrobatics experience a bonus
To apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org by October 24, 2018
- Include your name/ role/ current city/ phone number in title (ex. Liu Yifei/Xiaolongnü/Elizabethtown/000-000-0000 )
- headshot taken on a cellphone without any filters nor PS
- English or Chinese resume including current residence, contact info, and acting experience
- a short video in mandarin introducing yourself (no longer than 1 min)
- include any acting samples if there are any
Mulan’s Casting Call asks for extras of ancestries from across the Silk Road.
When they announced Disney’s live-action Mulan was moved to the Tang dynasty, I think many of us had suspicions (and I was definitely hoping) that the film was aiming to diversify its cast to include other races to recreate the melting pot of Tang-dynasty China.
The fillm has already announced Indian-American actor Utkarsh Ambudkar will join the cast of Liu Yifei, Gong Li, Donnie Yen, and potentially Jet Li. The latest casting call for extras pretty much confirms there’ll be people from all across the Silk Road in the film (Aladdin and Jasmine cameo, please!). In addition to people who are fighters and riders, they’re especially looking for traditional Chinese calligraphers, dancers, drummers, and traditional Chinese or Indian musicians, which means there’ll definitely be music and dance. I’m a little concerned they’re not asking for Middle Eastern musicians because what Tang dynasty dance party would be complete without the Sogdian Whirl. Interestingly, there’s no call for Southeast Asians even though Xana Tang, the actress for Mulan’s sister, is a New Zealander of Chinese-Vietnamese descent and there were definitely SE Asians in Tang-dynasty China.
I’m excited that they’re going to depicting a more diverse China that people don’t usually think about. I don’t think any of the other live-action Disney adaptations have done major cities, so hopefully they’ll do Tang-dynasty Chang’an justice. That road Mulan’s army comes back on better be 150m wide and not one meter less.
Casting has began in North America for Wu’ershan’s upcoming fantasy epic loosely based on the Investiture of the Gods.
Director Wu’ershan (Painted Skin II, Mojin: The Lost Legend) is one of the most consistent commercial film directors of his generation and imo the best Chinese-fantasy film director currently available.
- Upload audition videos to http://www.wetransfer.com or www.hightail.com
- Send your self-recorded audition videos to email@example.com
- Include your name, location, and phone number in both the title of the video and the e-mail.
- Send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
- All characters are Chinese and require a basic level of speaking Chinese
- Training begins in September 2017 and filming begins in June 2018.
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