We’re all about an Anna May Wong biopic.
But why not cast a Chinese American actress, and work with Asian American writers?
My guess is Fan Bingbing will be a big draw in the international market. But still.
If this was an American production casting Fan Bingbing would be both preposterous and (sadly) predictable, but at least protesting against it would have some momentum. But this is a Chinese production for (I assume) a Chinese audience (with delusions of crossover appeal it sounds like) and it’s going to be as much about AMW as Memoirs of a Geisha was about geishas. An American _has_ to play AMW for it to be meaningful.
It is shameful that Hollywood is being beaten to the punch by the Chinese for a biopic of one of their most significant figures, as well as suggestive of how little progress Hollywood has made with casting Asian-Americans since AMW’s time.