“Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” scene stealer Rebecca Ferguson will star as groundbreaking explorer Ruth Harkness in the Justin Chadwick-directed “The Lady and the Panda”.
Chadwick, Laura Bickford and Holly Gent Palmo penned the script about the 1930s New York socialite who unexpectedly takes over her late husband’s expedition and becomes the first person ever to bring a live giant panda out of China and to the world’s attention.
She did so alongside a Chinese guide, Quentin Young, and the two traveled down the Yangtze and deep into the uncharted Himalayas to rescue an orphaned baby panda.
However, after creating a nationwide sensation in the U.S., she realized these animals are best preserved in their natural habitat. The UK/Chinese co-production will shoot all over the Sichuan region, in the foothills of the Himalayas in China from next month.