Angie Chiu (趙雅芝) and Melvin Wong’s (黃錦燊) son, Wesley Wong (黃愷傑), will be starring in a $200 million USD film project co-produced by Grand Olympus Films. The movie, which is tentatively called The Hump <駝峰航線>, will be a collaboration project with a foreign production team, possibly with Hollywood.
Wesley, his father Melvin, and Grand Olympus Films executives Yu Yang (于洋) and Philip Chan (陳欣健) met with the Hong Kong press at Kwun Tong recently to talk about the upcoming film. This past summer, Wesley participated in the aviator reality TV series Top Fly <壯志凌雲> and won first place, which was one of the reasons why Wesley was cast to play a pilot in The Hump.
The 28-year-old said, “I do want to play a pilot. I’ve studied and learned lot about flying [through Top Fly]. Although it is only a reality show, the program really tested my physique and mentality.” Wesley said he injured his knee while doing a cycling segment for the show, but he is now fully recovered and ready to take on new challenges.
In regards to the new film, Philip Chan said, “The movie is slated for a release in early 2019. We’re looking forward to working with foreign producers. As long as they are interested in developing in the Mainland [film industry], it doesn’t matter if they’re from Japan or Australia.” The filmmaker said they are considering casting Hollywood actors to costar, such as Tom Hanks and Tom Cruise.
As both of his parents have filmed television dramas for TVB before, Wesley was asked if he would be interested in shooting a TVB drama some time in the future. The young actor said, “They haven’t approached me, but if there is an opportunity, I’ll definitely consider it. There are many seniors I would like to work with, such as Power Chan (陳國邦), who recently left [TVB]. I really admire his acting.” Would Wesley be willing to shave his head to film a Qing Dynasty drama? “I’ve never filmed historical period dramas before, so I’m definitely okay with shaving my head.”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.