Gemma Chan is ready to pay tribute to a different actress. Following roles in blockbusters together with “Eternals,” “Captain Marvel,” and “Loopy Wealthy Asians,” Chan will painting Hollywood’s first Chinese language American star: Anna Might Wong. Along with main the biopic, Chan is growing it alongside producer Nina Yang Bongiovi and Working Title Movies. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news.
Wong, who had over 60 movie credit to her title, was born in LA in 1905 and died in 1961. She ultimately left Hollywood for Europe as a result of an absence of alternatives: yellowface casting was prevalent and California’s anti-miscegenation legal guidelines prevented her from kissing any co-star of one other race. MGM famously refused to think about her as the feminine lead for “The Good Earth,” a drama about Chinese language farmers. Luise Rainer, a white German actress, was forged within the position, and went on to win an Oscar for it.
“Piccadilly,” “Daughter of the Dragon,” and “Shanghai Categorical” are amongst Wong’s finest identified movies. She made historical past in 1951 by enjoying the primary Asian American lead in an American tv sequence with “The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong.”
“Anna Might Wong was a trailblazer, an icon, and a girl forward of her time,” stated Chan. “Her expertise and her exploration of her artwork each in and outdoors of the U.S. was groundbreaking — and the challenges and prejudice she confronted within the early twentieth century as an actress converse on to the conversations and the world we’re navigating as we speak.”
“David Henry Hwang, the primary Asian American playwright to win a Tony (in 1988 for ‘M. Butterfly’), is penning the screenplay, tailored from Graham Russell Gao Hodges’ 2012 biography, ‘Anna Might Wong: From Laundryman’s Daughter to Hollywood Legend,’” per THR.
Wong’s niece, Anna Wong, is serving as a guide on the movie. “I’m delighted that I’ll get to construct on my aunt’s legacy with Gemma and Nina, who’re Asian leaders within the forefront of storytelling,” she emphasised. “Anna Might Wong’s presence in American and worldwide cinema was the primary of its sort, and her illustration continues to resonate as we speak. She is the embodiment of inspiration for artists of colour.”
Michelle Krusiec (“Saving Face”) portrayed Wong in “Hollywood,” Ryan Murphy’s Emmy-winning Netflix sequence.