Filming for Sino-American production, Transformers 4, is already underway. Aside from Li Bingbing (李冰冰) starring in a major role, the casting for four other Chinese characters will be determined through a reality show. Many of China’s rising talents have auditioned, including Yan Kuan (嚴寬), Peter Ho (何潤東), Kimi Qiao (喬任梁), and Angie Chiu’s (趙雅芝) son, Wesley Wong (黃愷傑).
The Transformers franchise has been highly successful in China. The third film’s earnings surpassed 1 billion RMB in China. Unlike Iron Man 3 which had a special Chinese version with extra footage starring Chinese actors, there will be only one version of Transformers 4 worldwide. In partnership with the government-backed China Movie Channel and Jiaflix Enterprises, Paramount Pictures will be filming a third of the movie in China. According to director Michael Bay, the movie will not film at main tourist attractions such as the Great Wall of China or Forbidden City, but feature other unique local attractions instead.
Earlier in May, Li Bingbing was selected to play a scientist in Transformers 4. Aside from the addition of Chinese cast members joining Mark Wahlberg and Nicola Peltz in the movie, Autobots will finally reveal its true identity. Optimus Prime will have a new set of freshly-painted armor and Bumblebee will completely change its car design and take on a retro look.
Scouting Through Reality Show
Reality show, Transformers 4 Chinese Actor Talent Search, has officially begun since late April. Four actors, two professionals and two amateurs, will win speaking roles in the sequel. The winners will be selected from a jury which consists of Transformers 4 producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura and casting director Denise Chamian, among others.
The opportunity to star in a major Hollywood production seems too attractive for rising actors to resist. Hong Kong actress Angie Chiu’s son, Wesley Wong, is a big fan of Michael Bay. Wesley will be auditioning for the role of a technical expert. Although the role does not call for major actions, Wesley is already exercising and keeping himself fit.
Filming in the United States has already started this month. After the audition and selection of sites, filming in China is scheduled to begin in October. Transformers 4 is scheduled to be released on June 27, 2014.
This article is written by Karen for JayneStars.com.