Failing to win Best Actress at the 51st Golden Horse Awards, Gong Li (鞏俐) criticized the event to be meaningless and vowed to never participate in the awards again. Despite her controversial behavior, Gong Li’s status did not waver as she will be compensated $40 million HKD for the upcoming The Monkey King 2 <西遊記之孫悟空三打白骨精>.
Born to Be Queen
The Monkey King, which starred Donnie Yen (甄子丹), grossed over 1.53 billion RMB in box office sales. Previously portraying the Bull Demon King in the first installment, Aaron Kwok (郭富城) is promoted to playing the Monkey King in the sequel due to Donnie’s unavailability. Aaron has been training secretly for months to prepare for the physically strenuous role.
The Monkey King 2 is Gong Li’s first fantasy film. Portraying the villainous and scheming White-Skeleton Demon while sporting 12 different lavish looks, Gong Li said, “Everything seems very refreshing and interesting. I hope my version of the White-Skeleton Demon will give off a queen-like aura!”
The Monkey King 2 invited the 3D effects team from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit to aid the production crew. The cast will be filming in Wuxi and New Zealand. The film is scheduled to release during Lunar New Year in 2016.
This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com.