Liu Ye at the press conferenfe for Zhang Yimou's latest film "The City of Golden Armor"
Chinese actor Liu Ye, currently doing Zhang Yimou's 45 million US dollar epic "The City of Golden Armor", has said he is still committed to play the lead role in the American indie-drama "Dark Matter" with Meryl Streep and Val Kilmer.
Inspired by a true story, "Dark Matter" tells a tragic story of Liu Xing, a young Chinese studying in America who reacted violently after his chance of winning the Nobel Prize was ruined by the campus politics.
To prepare for his role, Liu Ye has taken a series of English lessons and has acquired director Zhang Yimou's permission to temporarily leave the production of "The City of Golden Armor" if Liu was ever wanted for "Dark Matter" on the other side of the Pacific.
The shooting was supposed to begin this spring but nothing really happened yet.
Liu Ye said the project run into various problems in the past few months.
There was a rumor suggesting he was replaced by someone else but he said it was not very likely. The script was written by Billy Shebar with Chinese-born theater director Chen Shi-Zheng attached to helm the project.
Christopher Doyle is also on board as the cinematographer.