Hot off the China opening of the Renny Harlin-directed Skiptrace which opened to $62M+ in the Middle Kingdom in its first weekend out, Jackie Chan headlined a press conference in Sydney to announce that Aussie actors Tess Haubrich (Alien: Covenant) and Callan Mulvey (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) as well as actor Show Luo (Journey to the West; Mermaid) have joined the cast of his next film, the sci-fi actioner Bleeding Steel.
Written and directed by Leo Zhang and produced by Heyi Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures Asia, Bleeding Steel is the biggest budget Chinese production ever to shoot in Australia. It also marks Chan’s first film to be shot primarily in Australia since Mr. Nice Guy was filmed in Melbourne in 1996.
Noting the start of principle photography, Heyi Pictures president Kailuo Liu said, “We are confident that with Heyi Pictures’ powerful internet resources in the Chinese film industry and Jackie’s international influence, coupled with our first-class production team and an extraordinary sci-fi story, that we will be able to create a remarkable film for audiences all around the world.”
Bleeding Steel is your basic Chan actioner about a special forces agent (Chan) who has to figh to protect a young woman who is an important witness for a major case. And, of course, they become embroiled in a conspiracy. Leo Zhang directs Chan and other cast members Nana Ouyang (To the Fore), newcomer Erica Xia-Hou, and Tess Haubrich (upcoming Alien: Covenant).
Additional filming will take place in Taipei and Beijing.