Given the unseemly, on-their-knees groveling nature of Hollywood when it comes to the Chinese market these days, you’ll excuse me for not getting all that excited by this news that Chinese actress Bingbing Li has nabbed a role in Michael Bay’s upcoming “Transformers 4”.
I only need remind you of Xueqi Wang and Bingbing Fan’s roles in Shane Black’s “Iron Man 3”. Those two roles were much ballyhooed, but as it turns out, Wang only appeared in a blink-and-you’ll-miss cameo in the International cut of the film, with only Chinese audiences in China getting a few extra minutes with Wang and Fan that, frankly, were so haphazardly shoehorned into the movie it provoked more embarrassment from the Chinese audiences that saw it than pride, which was obviously what everyone (including a very complicit Marvel) was going for.
We already know that Bay and Paramount have made a really big deal about their new partnership with China on “Transformers 4” (including, yes, a game show to cast some Chinese pros and amateurs in the movie), so I think it’s only fair to take this new announcement that Bingbing Li (not to be confused with Bingbing Fan) has landed one of the Chinese roles in the Bay film.
No word on what the role is or how big, but to be fair to Li, she’s already landed major English-speaking roles in Hollywood that didn’t feel like it was the Chinese Government forcing her on the production, starting with 2008’s “The Forbidden Kingdom” and most recently in “Resident Evil: Retribution”. I thought “Retribution” was Godawful, but at least it never stunk of China pandering to me, so it has that, if nothing else, over “Iron Man 3”.
As for the movie itself, “Transformer 4” will take place a few years after the last movie, and will star a new set of human characters, including good guys/gals Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci, Sophia Myles and Jack Reynor, who will be battling evil human bad guy Kelsey Grammer.
Exploding all over your face this June 27, 2014.
Via : EW