Chow Yun-Fat In Confucius Biopic

Chow Yun-Fat is set to play ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius in a $2.8 million biopic of the man for Dadi Film Group reports Variety.

Backed by the Chinese government, teachings of the 5th Century BC philosopher were virtually banned during the Cultural Revolution but are undergoing a major revival in newly consumerist China for his teachings on morals and character.

Hu Mei is set to direct, with shooting starting later this month at Hebei province and at Hengdian studios. A late 2009 release is planned.