Acclaimed director Luc Besson is currently having to shoot his upcoming biopic of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi titled The Lady on the sly in Paris. Because of the story's political themes, Besson has decided to keep his production under wraps, as to not worsen Aung San Suu Kyi's current situation.
Michelle Yeoh has been cast as Aung San Suu Kyi, a reluctant Burmese politician who had been kept under house arrest for the past fifteen years, until being freed last November. The story of the film will follow Suu Kyi's decision to stay in Burma and fight for Democracy as opposed to returning to England to take care of her husband (played by David Thewlis), who was dieing of cancer at the time. Though she has been released, Suu Kyi could go back to prison at any moment.
It has been increasingly hard for Luc Besson to keep his film a secret, which has shot on location in Oxford, England as well as in Bangkok, Thailand. Besson even filmed on the day of Suu Kyi actual release. The Lady will debut next autumn in the UK, though the project has not secured a distributor in the states at this time.