The undated photos show director Tsui Hark (right) on set with his cast of the film "Di Renjie". [Photo: Mtime.com]
A Weibo account has disclosed some of the cast members for director Tsui Hark's suspense action film "Di Renjie", the prequel to his previous hit "Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame".
The film began shooting on June 29 at the Hengdian World Studios in eastern China's Zhejiang Province.
The new movie will reportedly star Mark Chao, Angelababy, Lin Gengxin, Feng Shaofeng, Carina Lau and South Korea's Kim Bum.
Some insiders at the shooting site said that Feng plays a role with red hair as possibly the biggest villain in the film.
The official Weibo account of the Hengdian World Studios said that Lau - who starred in the first film as Empress Wu Zetian - will arrive soon to begin shooting.
"Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame", released in 2010, is a fictional account of the legend of Tang Dynasty detective Di Renjie, who is summoned by the empress to investigate a series of mysterious deaths.
In the new film, Chao will play the title role when he investigates a mysterious pillaging case at age 21.