Seann William Scott (American Renunion, Role Models) is set to join Jackie Chan (Rush Hour, The Karate Kid) and Fan Bingbing (X-Men: Days of Future Past) in Academy Award-nominated director Sam Fell’s action comedy Skiptrace.
Based on Chan’s original idea, Skiptrace is written by Jay Longino and co-written by The Sitter scribes Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka and David Posamentier and Geoff Moore (Better Living Through Chemistry). The film follows Bennie Black (Chan), a Hong Kong detective who has been tracking notorious crime boss Victor Wong for over a decade. When Bennie’s young niece Bai (Bingbing) gets into trouble with Wong’s crime syndicate, Bennie must track down the only man who can help him: fast-talking American gambler Connor Watts (Scott). Bennie races against the clock to bring Connor back to Hong Kong and the unlikely pair embark on an entertaining and perilous adventure from the snowy mountains of Mongolia to the windswept dunes of the Gobi desert.
“Being part of great movies such as ‘Role Models,’ ‘The Rundown’ and the iconic ‘American Pie’ franchise will position Seann perfectly as Jackie Chan’s co-star,” said Exclusive Media’s Co-Chairmen Nigel Sinclair and Guy East.
“We are very excited to have Seann on board this project, and know that his chemistry with Jackie will make for a unique pairing that has never been seen before. Seann is well loved by our Chinese audience for his stand-out performance in the ‘American Pie’ films, as well as his good looks!” said Beijing based Talent International Film Co., Ltd.’s President Esmond Ren.
Seann William Scott recently completed his starring role in the Courteney Cox-directed independent dramedy, Just Before I Go (playing a suicidal man who goes back to visit his hometown before he presumably ends his life) opposite Olivia Thirlby, Garrett Dillahunt and Rob Riggle.
Set to start production on January 13, 2014 Skiptrace will be produced as a Sino-Foreign co-production by Exclusive Media and Talent International (Chinese Zodiac 12), who will also co-finance the film. In addition to starring, Chan is a producer on Skiptrace. David Gerson is also attached to produce. The project was brought to Exclusive Media by Dasym Investment Strategies B.V.s (formerly Cyrte Investments) Charlie Coker, who will act as executive producer on the film along with Dasym.
Exclusive Media’s Senior Executive VP, Production, Damien Saccani is overseeing the production on behalf of the company. Alex Walton, President of International Sales and Distribution is handling international rights to the film.
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