Tony Leung Chiu Wai is one of the best actors working in Hong Kong/China today. He’s been around for the better part of 3 decades, having cut his teeth on TV soap operas in the early 80s like “Police Cadet”. Western audiences would be more familiar with him through his work in the “Infernal Affairs” trilogy, which Martin Scorsese adapted into the Oscar-winning “The Departed”. He’s a pretty versatile actor, but usually excels at dramatic stuff.
Leung has just signed on to do an action drama for director Derek Yee. “The Great Magician” is a joint China-Hong Kong production that tells the story of a magician who embarks on a quest to get her childhood sweetheart back from a warlord. Leung will be playing opposite Chinese actress Zhou Xun (“Perhaps Love”) in this period piece, set in the early 20th century. Leung’s role is still unclear, but sources say he will be one of the mysterious magicians who aid the young girl, only to fall for her. The always watchable character actor Lau Ching Wan (“Overheard”) also stars, as the nasty warlord. Triangles ensue. It gets complicated.
“The Great Magician” is scheduled for a 22nd December premiere in China.