Bingbing Li May or May Not Have Landed a Big Role in Transformers 4

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Bingbing LiGiven 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.

Michael Bay on the set of Transformers Dark of the Moon (2011) Movie Image

“Does anyone know how to say, ‘Run and scream and look hot’ in Mandarin? Anyone?”

Via : EW

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  • Sojourner

    Give her white hair…I’m in!

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      LMAO!!! Yeah she was badass in Forbidden Kingdom. She was a decent Ada Wong too!

  • ErickKwon

    re: “Does anyone know how to say, ‘Run and scream and look hot’ in Mandarin? Anyone?”
    No, but after all those John Woo movies, I know how to say “Put down the gun!” in Cantonese.

    While I love the idea of more Asians not named Ken Jeong in Hollywood blockbusters, this is the just the wrong way for it to happen. I suppose the political influence could be worse; after all, “Ip Man 2″, “True Legend”, “Chen Zen” and tons of other HK/China films have suffered from having to inject PRC talking points into their plots and it’s doubtful that American productions will have to surrender that much of their autonomy, but it’s a slippery slope that US studios are starting to walk on. Plus considering Marky Mark’s history, who’s to say he won’t assault a Chinese cast member and blind him in one eye?