Director Wong Jing (王晶) will begin shooting the sequel to crime comedy From Vegas To Macau <賭城風雲> this summer and has recruited Nick Cheung (張家輝) and Carina Lau (劉嘉玲) to join the star-studded cast.
From Vegas To Macau was released in January in celebration of Lunar New Year, and stars Chow Yun Fat (周潤發) as a revered gambler and Nicholas Tse (謝霆鋒) as his disciple. Despite mixed reviews, the film performed exceptionally well in local markets, earning 500 million RMB in China and $35 million HKD in Hong Kong during its run. Seeing its success, Wong Jing has written a sequel scheduled to begin shooting at the end of June.
The production team is determined to impress this time around. From Vegas To Macau 2 <賭城風雲2> reportedly has a budget of $150 million HKD and will incorporate 3D technology. In addition, filming will take place in exotic Thailand as well as Macau, Hong Kong, and China. Wong Jing has also augmented his A-list cast with the addition of film royalty Nick Cheung and Carina Lau. Nick will reportedly play an accountant and computer expert who may clash with Chow Yun Fat’s character, while Carina will play the gambler god’s love interest in a James Bond-style thrilling romance.
Wong Jing expressed excitement as he confirmed Nick and Carina’s participation, confident that they will generate new sparks on the set. Although most of the cast will be returning, Wong Jing admits that he is still negotiating with Nicholas to reach an agreement about filming schedule and salary, though sincerely hopes to unite all three film kings for his project. When asked if Chow Yun Fat and Carina will have any kissing scenes, the director only responded by saying, “It will be up to Carina!”
Source: Oriental Daily
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