Xinhua Sports & Entertainment Limited, a leading sports and entertainment media company in China, today announced that two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey has signed on to star in director Dayyan Eng’s dark comedy from his own script titled Inseparable. The project, principally financed by Fantawild Pictures, co-stars Daniel Wu (Overheard, Shinjuku Incident) and Beibi Gong (The Detective 2, Waiting Alone) will begin production in southern China this month. It is being produced by David U. Lee of Xinhua Media Entertainment (“XME”), a majority owned subsidiary of XSEL, and Dayyan Eng of Colordance Pictures. Li Ming of Fantawild Pictures, Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti in association with Trigger Street Productions, Bill Block of QED International and Steven Squillante will executive produce.
Inseparable marks the first time an award winning actor of Spacey’s caliber and international renown has starred in a Chinese production. The film to be shot in Mandarin and English follows a young man with problems at home and work who is befriended by a mysterious American expat (Spacey) who changes his life. Wu co-stars as a young engineer and Gong as his investigative reporter wife.
“Fantawild Pictures and XSEL are leading the way in the Chinese film entertainment sector by being the first to bring a two-time Academy Award winning actor to a Chinese production,” said Fredy Bush, CEO of XSEL. “We are proud to be a part of the team that shows a global audience that China can produce more than just period dramas and martial-arts pictures.”
Beijing-based American director Dayyan Eng’s previous feature film, Waiting Alone, was a cult hit in China headlined by Xia Yu, Li Bingbing and Gong Beibi, with cameos by Chow Yun-Fat and other Asian stars. The romantic comedy won Best First Feature and Best Actor awards at the popular Beijing Film Festival and was nominated for three Chinese academy awards (Golden Roosters) including Best Picture in 2005. Eng’s short film, Bus 44, won awards at Venice and Sundance.