Li Bingbing Becomes “Asian Lara Croft” in Sino-Aussie Film “Nest”
Stills of mainland Chinese actress Li Bingbing (李冰冰) in the upcoming science-fiction action flick Nest <謎巢> recently surfaced, leading many fans to call her the “Asian Lara Croft.” Nest will be shown at this year’s Cannes International Film Festival.
A Chinese-Australian co-production, Nest, or its full title Nest and the Search for the Venom of Eternity, is set in a mysterious and ancient underground tomb, in which lies the mummified remains of a Chinese emperor. Li Bingbing stars as Jia, a female Ph.D who is part of the team that discovers the body and unearths terrible secrets.
For Li Bingbing, Nest took great physical and mental effort to complete. When the movie was being filmed in Australia, she suffered from over-exhaustion due to the difference in weather between Australia and mainland China. However, even when her body temperature soared as high as 104 degrees Fahrenheit, she continued to participate in filming, not wanting to delay the schedule and cause problems for her fellow cast and crew members.
Many fans, upon learning that Bingbing had fallen ill during the filming of Nest, pledged to support the film when it was released and wished the actress well. They also marveled at her dedication to her work.
The newest released stills of Nest show Bingbing in two different outfits: one is a white collared shirt and army-green pants, showing off her beauty and brains as a female Ph.D. The second outfit consists of a tank top and military trousers; many netizens said the dynamic and nimble look reminded them of Lara Croft from Tomb Raider.
Nest is the latest among Li Bingbing’s international movies, which include Resident Evil: Retribution and Transformers: Age of Extinction. She also serves as one of the producers for Nest.
Apart from Li Bingbing, Nest stars Twilight actor Kellan Lutz, who has a romantic storyline with Li Bingbing, veteran actor Kelsey Grammer, and Chinese actor/singer Wu Chun (吳尊). The film is directed by Australian director Kimble Rendall, who previously served as a second unit director for The Matrix series and I, Robot.
This article is written by Joanna for JayneStars.com.