Movie giants to make blockbuster tomb raider story

By Zhang Rui
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Chinese actor Chen Kun (R) and actresses Shu Qi (M) and Angelababy attend the movie launch ceremony in Beijing on Aug.7, 2014. []

The highly-anticipated tomb raider movie "The Ghouls" announced its star-studded cast Thursday in Beijing.

The tight-lipped cast was eventually revealed at the launch ceremony: the popular Chinese actors Chen Kun, Huang Bo, Xia Yu, actresses Shu Qi and Angelababy will star the movie, which will be directed by ethnic Mongol Chinese director Wu Ershan and executive produced by Chen Kuo-fu.

"We have the most handsome and most beautiful actors in China," the director said. Wu directed one of the highest grossing Chinese films, "Painted Skin: The Resurrection." He said they would go to Inner Mongolia to start filming soon.

"The Ghouls" will be adapted from a very popular online fantasy novel "Ghost Blows Out The Light" written by Tianxia Changba (Zhang Muye) about two tomb raiders seeking hidden treasure. The writer, Tianxia Changba, will also be the screen writer for the film to maintain its originality and please the fans.

Three private film giants, Huayi Brothers Media Corp., Wanda Pictures and Enlight Pictures have united to co-produce the film. Together, the three studios have produced or distributed 17 of the 25 highest grossing Chinese blockbusters ever. They expect "The Ghouls" to gross more than 2 billion yuan (US$325 million) at Chinese box offices and set some records along the way.

"The Ghouls" will hit Chinese screens on Dec. 18, 2015.

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