After his role as a horse wrangler in the recent film Ride On, Jackie Chan is now gearing up for an action comedy film centered on pandas. The beloved 69-year-old screen icon will lead Panda Plan, a project helmed by Zhang Luan. Panda Plan is produced jointly by Mandarin Motion Pictures and Wishart Media Co.
What is ‘Panda Plan’ about?
The film was revealed on the final day of Tokyo’s TIFFCOM content market and will be making its sales debut the following week at the American Film Market in Los Angeles. The story revolves around an exceptionally rare baby panda with a dark circle around only one eye, who becomes a global sensation after being born at China’s Noah Zoo. When a Middle Eastern mogul sends international mercenaries to abduct the zoo’s newborn pandas, Chan, presenting himself as a worldwide action star, is obliged to join a rescue expedition.
Shi Ce (Hi, Mom), Wei Xiang (Full River Red), and Han Yanbo (The Super Family) all star alongside Jackie Chan in the film. Mandarin Motion Pictures, based in Hong Kong, will present the film to foreign distributors at AFM, which takes place Oct. 31-Nov. 4 at Santa Monica’s Le Méridien Delfina hotel.
What are Jackie Chan’s recent projects?
Aside from Ride On, which grossed over $30 million in China in April, Chan was most recently seen alongside John Cena in Scott Waugh’s U.S.-China co-production Hidden Strike, which tanked in its limited theatrical release in the United States but was avidly viewed on Netflix worldwide. In addition, he provided the voice of Splinter in Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, which grossed $180.5 million worldwide for Paramount Pictures. The actor is working on many projects, including DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 4 sequel, in which he voices the character of Master Monkey, and a rumored Rush Hour 4 picture.