The Weinstein Company has set Ken Watanabe to join John Cusack and Gong Li in Shanghai, a period drama that will begin shooting in China next month, ,reports Variety.
Mikael Hafstrom, who helmed Cusack in the Dimension hit 1408, will direct a script by Hossein Amini.
The film, which will shoot in Shanghai, is produced by Mike Medavoy and Barry Mendel. Arnie Messer is executive producer.
The drama, set four months prior to Dec. 7, 1941, follows an American who returns to a corrupt, Japan-occupied Shanghai to discover his friend has been killed. While trying to solve the murder, he falls in love and discovers a much larger secret that his own government is hiding.