Last week, The Great Wall starring Matt Damon dropped its first trailer.
In no time at all, the Chinese-American coproduction was awash with controversy — because some people were claiming it as an example of more Hollywood whitewashing!
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Now director Zhang Yimou is coming to the film's defense and explaining the reasoning behind his film's casting!
The famed director of Hero and House of Flying Daggers gave a statement to Entertainment Weekly saying the film is anything but part of a "white savior" problem:
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Looks like Christian Bale is ready to get his historical-epic-film on with his upcoming role in Nanjing Heroes, a film about the Nanjing Massacre.
The film "chronicles the slaughter of thousands of Chinese citizens by the Japanese in 1937."
Sounds like this one might be difficult to watch, but def an important event for the world to learn about.
Bale will star as a priest named John who attempts to save lots of people from the massacre, very reminiscent of Schindler's List.
Here's what filmmaker Zhang Yimou had to say about his decision to cast Bale in the film:
"I met Christian in America and was impressed with his serious book research for the role. It's the overall strategy for Chinese cinema to approach the world and broaden its influence but casting Bale was a coincidence because the script happened to have an English-speaking part in the lead."
Sounds like an intense, ambitious role for Bale. We're excited to see what he does with it!
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