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Gemma Chan, Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps Developing Time Travel Limited Series at Netflix
admin - Jul 1, 2022 News , Projects

The streamer and production company have optioned Pim Wangtechawat’s forthcoming debut novel ‘The Moon Represents My Heart.’

In advance of the second half of Stranger Things season four premiering tomorrow, The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Netflix and 21 Laps are staying in the supernatural business.

As part of the production company’s overall deal with the streamer, the two have optioned The Moon Represents My Heart, the forthcoming debut novel from Pim Wangtechawat, in a competitive situation and will develop the project as a limited series. Grandview sold the option rights on behalf of Mushens Entertainment’s Liza DeBlock.

Executive producing alongside 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy and Josh Barry is Gemma Chan, who also is attached to star in the story about a British-Chinese family with the secret ability to time travel. After the parents vanish, their son and daughter search for them across time while coming of age as adults.

21 Laps senior vp Emily Morris, who brought the book to Netflix, will oversee the project for the producers alongside manager Moera Ainai.
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Gemma Chan, Nina Yang Bongiovi Developing Anna May Wong Biopic With Working Title Films
admin - Mar 30, 2022 Alerts , News , Projects

Tony winner David Henry Hwang is writing the screenplay, adapted from Graham Russell Gao Hodges’ biography of the cinematic pioneer.

Hollywood’s first Chinese American movie star is finally getting the spotlight, a century after her heyday.

Gemma Chan and producer Nina Yang Bongiovi are teaming with Working Title Films to develop a biopic of Anna May Wong, the golden age icon whose career brought her international recognition even as she continued to face opportunity limitations in the industry and other forms of prejudice and discrimination.

The Eternals and Crazy Rich Asians star (whose 2021 Met Gala look, seen above, was an homage to Wong) will portray the legend and also executive produce. Yang Bongiovi, whose Significant Productions was most recently behind Passing, will produce alongside Working Title co-chairs Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. Working Title’s recent releases include Joe Wright’s period romance Cyrano starring Peter Dinklage and Channel 4 and Peacock’s Muslim punk-rock series We Are Lady Parts.

“Anna May Wong was a trailblazer, an icon and a woman ahead of her time,” said Chan in a statement. “Her talent and her exploration of her art both in and outside of the U.S. was groundbreaking — and the challenges and prejudice she faced in the early 20th century as an actress speak directly to the conversations and the world we are navigating today.”

David Henry Hwang, the first Asian American playwright to win a Tony (in 1988 for M. Butterfly), is penning the screenplay, adapted from Graham Russell Gao Hodges’ 2012 biography, Anna May Wong: From Laundryman’s Daughter to Hollywood Legend. Wong’s niece Anna Wong is serving as a consultant on the film.
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Gemma Chan Chose Her “Grungy” Louis Vuitton Show Look Because It Makes Her Feel Powerful
admin - Mar 22, 2022 News

Gemma Chan is in Paris for a whirlwind trip to see the Louis Vuitton autumn/winter 2022 presentation. The landscape looks a little different and the mood a touch more sombre than usual given the current climate. “It feels surreal to be at a fashion show,” says the British-Asian actor, who is unfailingly polite despite the fact she is extremely jet-lagged. Having wrapped on a two-month job in Thailand, she jetted home to London for one night for her nephew’s birthday. Now she finds herself in France and, like everyone else, is finding the unfolding situation in Ukraine increasingly desperate. “The world is in chaos,” she shares. “It’s hard to find the words, but it’s all anyone’s talking about.”

To enter the fashion fray for a day, Chan and her stylist Rebecca Corbin-Murray chose a Louis Vuitton look that would make her feel powerful. “It’s a sort of cape situation,” she says of her all-black leather, lace and velvet ensemble (look 27 from spring/summer 2022). “It’s grungy with a hint of punk, and the LV Moonlight boots are very comfortable.”

The Eternals star’s make-up artist Hiromi Ueda, who Gemma met on her British Vogue cover shoot, decided on “a bit of an eye”, while hairstylist David Delicourt did an undone ponytail for a “classic French look with easy texture”. “There was a lot going on with the outfit, so we decided to keep the beauty quite simple,” says Chan, a consummate professional who looked undeniably polished, not so much as a hint of the last 48 hours on her flawless skin.

Nicolas Ghesquière’s latest collection, shown against the majesty of the statues inside the Musée d’Orsay, gave Chan and her front row friends, Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas, a glimmer of joy during what can feel like a hopeless time. “Everything Nicolas does feels so fresh,” asserts Gemma. “Some of the looks feel so bold that you think they will be tricky to wear, but actually they make you feel so strong. I love what he does.” [Source]

East Side Voices, edited by Helena Lee review – reflections on exile and exoticism
admin - Feb 8, 2022 News

This thoughtful collection reminds us of the narratives that lie buried beneath belittling stereotypes

East Side Voices boasts contributions from a dazzling range of east Asian and south-east Asian public figures, from Eternals actor Gemma Chan to model Naomi Shimada. It grew out of a salon convened by the book’s editor – and acting deputy editor of Harper’s Bazaar – Helena Lee in February 2020, just before the pandemic that Donald Trump branded the “China virus” and “Kung flu”, fuelling a wave of racist violence against east and south-east Asian people.

The anthology describes instances of racism in all its forms: crude vilification, sexualised exoticism, entitlement, self-righteous ignorance and insularity. But it also reaches back through centuries of colonisation, exploitation and migration and reminds us that in the sweep of human history, there is often no fixed motherland and no fixed resting place.

Many pieces reference meagre cultural representation and insulting stereotypes in TV and film, such as the contribution by Katie Leung, the Glaswegian actor cast as Cho Chang in the Harry Potter films. A private school rebel turned art school cool girl, Leung is as far from the cringing, sniffling Cho Chang as it’s possible to be. Yet her success is racialised: “I was not considered [for roles] unless race came into it.”

All the anthology contributors are incredibly successful: society’s winners, global third-culture kids. As Chinese-Malaysian novelist Tash Aw writes poetically“: “We revel in the three-dimensional nature of our hybrid cultures and languages, rejoicing in the fact that we have an instinctive understanding of how the south-east Asian archipelago weaves its cultural connections.” Yet many of the testimonials demonstrate that no amount of privilege protects you from the racism of others.

The essays are sharpest when various forms of objectification intersect – for example when sexual and racial abuse combine, as with novelist Sharlene Teo’s excellent, self-lacerating piece on exotification: “Once, a man followed me down a platform at Paddington station, chanting ‘ni hao, konnichiwa, sexy sexy’ and I told him to get lost – only for him to start shouting and running after me.”
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