Hong Kong actors Selena Lee, Kenny Kwan and Adam Pak have been cast in the Asian remake of Richard Linklater’s Tapeis scheduled to begin filming in Hong Kong in September.
Stephen Belber, who wrote both the original film and stage play, co-wrote the remake with Bizhan Tong, Selena Lee and Bonnie Lo. Belber is also producing with Tong and Lee, while Tong is directing. The film is a co-production between Hong Kong’s Phoenix Waters Productions and Agog Films and Singapore-based Marvion.
The original film starred Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman and Robert Sean Leonard in the story of three friends who reunite 15 years after a life-changing event and are forced to confront painful secrets from their past.
Belber said, “I’m excited to be a part of a project that Bizhan has pursued with the integrity, passion, intelligence and care that the subject matter naturally demands. It has been invaluable to have Selena and Bonnie as co-writers to adapt the work to world today.”
Lee, Kwan and Pak will play the older versions of the three main characters, while Mason Fung, Summer Chan and Angus Yeung will play their younger selves.
Lee is known for Hong Kong romantic drama series Barracks O’Karma and Canadian series Blood & Water. Kwan’s credits include historical drama series The Twin Flower Legend and Herman Yau’s forthcoming War Adaptedwhile Pak starred in the latest Hong Kong hit Breakout Brothers 3.
Fung won Best Supporting Actor at this year’s Hong Kong Film Awards for Zero to the hero. Yeung’s credits include Emperor Motion Pictures’ Social distancewhich premiered at Korea’s Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival last month.
Crew on the remake also includes cinematographer Colleen Kwok, production designer Sarona Lo and editor Cheung Kwan Wah, with Guy Orlebar on board as associate producer.
Tong has previously directed films with a lockdown theme The audition (aka Shutdown), scheduled for release in North America and the UK in October, and series Forensic psychologist, which Endeavor Content acquired for global distribution and remake rights. His previously announced zombie thriller Chungking Mansionsstarring Anson Lo, has been delayed until next year.