“The Great Wall” is an American-Chinese science fiction movie that is presently filming in Qingdao, China.
It stars Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal and Willem Dafoe alongside Chinese actors Andy Lau, Jing Tian, Zhang Hanyu, Eddie Peng, Lu Han, Lin Gengxin, Zheng Kai, Chen Xuedong, Huang Xuan and Wang Junkai.
Zhang Yimou is directing the story of an elite force making a last stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure. Set in 15th century China it surrounds a mystery around the building of the Great Wall of China when giant mythical creatures attack Earth.
A Legendary Entertainment and Atlas Entertainment Production, the film will be produced by Thomas Tull, Charles Roven, Jon Jashni, and Peter Loehr. Jillian Share, Alex Gartner, Bennett Walsh, La Peikang and Zhang Zhao will executive produce with Er Yong, Alex Hedlund and Eric Hedayat co-producing. Production began in China at the end of March 2015.
An official Chinese co-production, Legendary is partnered with Universal Pictures, China Film Co., Ltd and Le Vision Pictures. Le Vision Pictures and China Film Co., Ltd will distribute the film in China.
Legendary East, the Chinese offshoot of Thomas Tull’s Legendary Entertainment, was set up more than two years ago with ambitions of producing big-budget movies in the world’s second-largest market for global consumption.
“The Great Wall” however faced several delays.
At one point, Henry Cavill was attached to star, with Ed Zwick (“The Last Samurai”) directing.
The film will be globally released in 3D by Universal Pictures on Friday, November 23, 2016, with the Chinese market opening during the 2016 holiday season.