Another Chinese movie star has signed on for Michael Bay’s Transformers 4.
My Kingdom and So Young actor Han Geng has accepted a role in the Pain & Gain director’s upcoming sequel. Geng will be joined by Chinese actress Li Bingbing in the film.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Han Geng isn’t just a movie star in China. He’s also a popular singer who knows no less than 56 different kinds of ethnic dances. His role in Bay’s Transformers 4 could help propel him into the international spotlight.
“[Han Geng is] one of Asia’s top stars in the worlds of music, television and movies and has become one of the most influential entertainers in China,” the much-maligned director wrote on his official website.
Deadline explains that Han Geng got his start in the South Korean group Super Junior. After appearing in a handful of television shows, the actor made his big-screen debut with the 2011 flick Beginning of the Great Revival.
Since the 29-year-old singer, dancer, and actor has been declared the “King of Popularity” in China, his addition to the Transformers 4 should help get Chinese moviegoers into theaters when the flick opens next year.
In addition to Han Geng, the Michael Bay’s big-budget robot movie stars Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz, Sophia Myles, and TJ Miller.
The Inquisitr previously reported that China is featured so prominently in Transformers 4 that the country essentially becomes a character in the film. Jiaflix Enterprises president Marc Ganis told Chinese Films that several key scenes in the movie take place in China.
“The film has a great deal to do with China. Effectively, China is a character in it. So much of the movie takes place in China and the character [Li Bingbing] plays is a Chinese national. So it’s a very natural position for her to have,” Ganis explained.
Michael Bay’s Transformers 4 hits theaters on June 27, 2014.
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