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Li Bingbing joins Transformers 4 and will shoot scenes in China

May. 20, 2013by: Alex Maidy

You may not know the name Li Bingbing now, but Paramount is hoping you will once TRANSFORMERS 4 hits theaters. The Chinese actress will join Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz and Sophia Myles in the sequel/reboot of the action franchise. This also solidifies the agreement between Paramount, China Movie Channel and Jiaflix Enterprises to film portions of TRANSFORMERS 4 in China.

While everyone involved is touting Bingbing as a big casting coup, it remains to be seen if her role will be limited to portions of the story taking place in China or if she will be a major part of the whole story. IRON MAN 3 suffered backlash when Chinese audiences found the scenes in their exclusive cut of the Marvel movie were much more minor than previously anticipated.

Michael Bay issued this as part of the press release regarding Bingbing's casting:

I am excited to have Li Bingbing join our cast and to be shooting portions of the movie in her native China. I have always aspired to work with the best actors and this cast is especially exciting now with the addition of Li."

TRANSFORMERS 4 is taking the story in a different direction from the first trilogy and the casting so far seems to be keeping with that fresh outlook. Bingbing does have some experience with English language films having appeared in FORBIDDEN KINGDOM with Jackie Chan and Jet Li as well as RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION. She is a good looking actress and hopefully her role will actually be important to the overall movie.

TRANSFORMERS 4 opens in theaters on June 27, 2014.

Source: Paramount

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11:52PM on 05/20/2013
She looks like a chinese Jessica Alba
She looks like a chinese Jessica Alba
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9:29PM on 05/20/2013
She was a horrendous, horrendous Ada Wong in Resident Evil: Retribution and yeah, I'm not a huge fan of Hollywood's shift towards what may seem like pandering to the Chinese market, but I guess more Asian faces in Hollywood movies is hardly a bad thing.
She was a horrendous, horrendous Ada Wong in Resident Evil: Retribution and yeah, I'm not a huge fan of Hollywood's shift towards what may seem like pandering to the Chinese market, but I guess more Asian faces in Hollywood movies is hardly a bad thing.
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7:26PM on 05/20/2013

This is the future of Hollywood.

It used to be all about domestic. Now it's overseas where the studios recoup their expenditures and then some. China is the second biggest market in the world. This is basically their new strategy: attach big foreign stars, film scenes in their homeland, and attach them to the international copies of the film. Kind of sleazy if you ask me, but hey, it's all about money, eh.
It used to be all about domestic. Now it's overseas where the studios recoup their expenditures and then some. China is the second biggest market in the world. This is basically their new strategy: attach big foreign stars, film scenes in their homeland, and attach them to the international copies of the film. Kind of sleazy if you ask me, but hey, it's all about money, eh.
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11:03PM on 05/20/2013
Hollywood does this a lot. Lord or the Rings was filmed in Australia or New Zealand, or some shit. Dredd 3D and District 9 were filmed in Africa. Not sure why you wait until now to get upset about it.
Hollywood does this a lot. Lord or the Rings was filmed in Australia or New Zealand, or some shit. Dredd 3D and District 9 were filmed in Africa. Not sure why you wait until now to get upset about it.
1:02PM on 06/10/2013
I guess you didn't read/comprehend my post. I am aware that films have been made overseas for decades. But it's a new trend to actually film EXCLUSIVE subplots with foreign actors, and only include those scenes in foreign prints of the film to attract international audiences. There were scenes in the Asian release of Iron Man 3 that were included solely to attract more Chinese viewers. That is what I referred to as 'sleazy,' because the scenes had nothing to really do with the movie, they were
I guess you didn't read/comprehend my post. I am aware that films have been made overseas for decades. But it's a new trend to actually film EXCLUSIVE subplots with foreign actors, and only include those scenes in foreign prints of the film to attract international audiences. There were scenes in the Asian release of Iron Man 3 that were included solely to attract more Chinese viewers. That is what I referred to as 'sleazy,' because the scenes had nothing to really do with the movie, they were sort of just there as a cocktease for naive international audiences.
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4:43PM on 05/20/2013

ironically...

Li BingBing uses Google ..

holy crap... she's 40!
Li BingBing uses Google ..

holy crap... she's 40!
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4:01PM on 05/20/2013
She's one of my favorite actresses working in China. Wish she had more work in the US as well. She's up there with Andy Lau and Donnie Yen.
She's one of my favorite actresses working in China. Wish she had more work in the US as well. She's up there with Andy Lau and Donnie Yen.
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3:58PM on 05/20/2013
I'd like to bing bing her pink thing.
I'd like to bing bing her pink thing.
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3:53PM on 05/20/2013

never heard of her before but...

li bingbing could get the dingaling.
li bingbing could get the dingaling.
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