Beijing (Reuters): Zhang Ziyi, the Chinese star of Crouching
Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Memoirs of a Geisha, has
signed a three-picture deal with Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein,
state media said. Zhang, 27, confirmed that she would star in three
movies including a film about Chinese folk heroine, Hua Mulan, and
a remake of the Japanese classic The Seven Samurai, Xinhua
news agency said in a report late yesterday. In both movies the
27-year-old would play women disguised as men, the report said.
As Mulan, she will play a young girl who goes to battle in place
of her sick father. In Samurai, she will play a village
girl who dresses as a man to protect herself from bandits. No
details were provided on the subject of the third film. The report
said Zhang met Weinstein, a former founder of Miramax, at France's
Cannes film festival last month.
The three-picture deal confirms Zhang's rise in Hollywood
estimation after a string of martial arts hits and despite a
lukewarm reception for her last film Geisha. Zhang's new
movie The Banquet, a Chinese-language costume drama
directed by China's Feng Xiaogang, is due for release later this
year, Xinhua said.