The Great Wall Announces Full Cast Led by Matt Damon
Legendary Pictures revealed the supporting cast for their upcoming epic The Great Wall, which will be the largest film ever shot completely in China. Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal and Willem Dafoe have been confirmed to star, with the production bringing on Chinese stars Andy Lau (Infernal Affairs, House of Flying Daggers), Tian Jing (New Police Story, Special ID), Hanyu Zhang (Taking Tiger Mountain, The Assembly), Eddie Peng (Fleet of Time, Rise of the Legend), Lu Han (Miss Granny), Gengxin Lin (Taking Tiger Mountain, Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon), Zheng Kai (Fleet of Time, The Running Man), Chen Xuedong (Tiny Times 3), Xuan Huang (The Golden Era, Blind Massage), and pop star Wang Junkai in his feature film debut.
Director Yimou Zhang has also cast newcomers Yu Xintian and Liu Qiong in supporting roles. The plot is set in the 15th Century, following soldiers who go out in search of gunpowder, as they come across the construction of The Great Wall of China. They learn that the Chinese are not only building the Wall to keep out invading Mongolian forces, but also to keep supernatural creatures at bay.
Yimou Zhang is directing from a script by Max Brooks, based on an idea by Legendary's Thomas Tull, who is also producing with Charles Roven, Jon Jashni, and Peter Loehr. Jillian Share, Alex Gartner, Bennett Walsh, La Peikang and Zhang Zhao will executive produce, with production set to begin in China at the end of March 2015. The Great Wall will be globally released in 3D by Universal Pictures on November 23, 2016. The film will open in China during its holiday season in 2016.