Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx are respectively starring as Detectives Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs in the big-screen adaptation of the 1980s NBC series.
Mann, who executive produced the TV show, is writing, directing and producing the feature. The actress will play Isabella, the Chinese-Cuban wife of the leader of a transnational crime syndicate and Crockett's love interest.
Also, Variety says that Li will She will then play Lady Murasaki, the Japanese woman who teaches cultural sophistication to a young Hannibal Lecter in Behind the Mask, the Peter Webber-directed fifth installment of the Lecter franchise scripted byThe Silence of the Lambs author Thomas Harris.
Mask will start production in September in Prague.
Gong (Farewell My Concubine, Raise the Red Lantern) has already wrapped two films generated in the U.S.: the anthology pic Eros and the Rob Marshall-directed Memoirs of a Geisha for Sony.
Dino and Martha De Laurentiis said director Webber was looking for an exotic new face for Behind the Mask, a film they've financed in partnership with Tarak Ben Ammar. Prequel pic shows how Hannibal the Cannibal developed his sense of culture as well as a taste for human flesh.
After the young Hannibal escapes from an orphanage and runs away to Paris, he takes refuge at the home of his uncle. His wife, Lady Murasaki, becomes the sociopath's teacher.
Dino De Laurentiis said they are now casting three actors to play Lecter at ages 8, 14 and 20. He will soon shop for domestic distributors, after pole-position studio Universal took a pass.