Liu Yifei joins Nicolas Cage in new film

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Actress Liu Yifei has shared this photo which shows her receiving equestrian training for the film "Outcast". [Photo courtesy of Liu Yifei]

Chinese actress Liu Yifei will star in the upcoming China-U.S. romance-war epic "Outcast", opposite Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen, which begins shooting in Beijing and Yunnan Province in September, according to the movie's Chinese production company.

Yunnan Film Group has announced the news via its Sina Weibo microblog, saying that a party was held recently in Beijing to welcome the lead actors on board the project.

The film tells the story of European soldiers traveling through east Asia in the 12th century and their relationships with a Chinese princess and her royal family.

With horse-riding action and swordplay woven throughout the plot of "Outcast", the film's lead actors are getting well-acquainted with their animal co-stars, as they have all been receiving extensive equestrian training on set.

While in the saddle, Liu Yifei posted a picture of herself in mid-training on her Sina Weibo. She says she is working with the same one who coached her in horseback riding six years ago, while she prepared for her role in "The Forbidden Kingdom", which starred Jackie Chan and Jet Li.

The actress, who spent her early teenage years in New York, added in her Weibo post that she was trying to pick up a British accent, which she is finding to be quite difficult.

"Outcast" will be director Nick Powell's debut film. Previously, Powell worked as a stunt and fight choreographer for films such as "The Bourne Identity", "X-Men: The Last Stand" and "Resident Evil: Retribution", according to IMDB.

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