As China continues to become an increasingly important market for movies, we are also seeing a lot of investment in making them, with filmmakers and stars heading east to dip into that revenue. One such example is new action adventure S.M.A.R.T. Chase: Fire And Water. Now news arrives via Screen International that Orlando Bloom (The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug) is set to star.
He has already shot the role of a private security agent charged with escorting a valuable Chinese antique out of Shanghai. That is until a gang of thieves target the shipment, putting both him in and the woman he loves in peril. To save them both and recover the goods, he will have to outsmart the mastermind behind the crime and evade the Shanghai police.
Marcella and Charles Martin (The Returned) called the shots for this one, which also stars Simon Yam (Ip Man), Hannah Quinlivan (Step Back To Glory), Lynn Hung (Ip Man), Lei Wu (Nirvana In Fire) and Yanneng Shi (Kung Fu Hustle).
"S.M.A.R.T. Chase will be the most original and innovative roller-coaster of 2017," producer Vincent Maraval tells Screen International, looking to start a little hype. "It will bring the international audience through an unknown traditional and super modern Shanghai at full speed." There is no word on a UK release date for this one as yet.