Director Bruce Beresford will direct an adaptation of Chinese bestseller “Mao’s Last Dancer” reports Variety.
The novel is the autobiography of Li Cunxin, a Chinese peasant-turned- ballet dancer who ultimately defected. Jan Sardi (“Shine”) adapted the script.
Beresford has been attached to several projects, including another film set in China (“A Dream of Red Mansions”) but has set this as his next project.
Scott said lensing will begin in February in locations that include Australia and the US. At least one-third of the film will be shot in China, and will see Chinese characters speaking Chinese and all others using English.