Marina Bay Sands to feature in star-studded Chinese-US blockbuster

Kai Fong
Singapore Showbiz

Actress Zhang Ziyi poses with co-star Wang Leehom at Sands SkyPark – Marina Bay Sands.

After being featured in several drama serials and commercials, Singapore's very own Marina Bay Sands (MBS) has landed its first "blockbuster" deal.

The S$8-billion-dollar integrated resort which opened in 2010 will make its "movie debut" in My Lucky Star, a Chinese-US romantic comedy starring Asian stars Zhang Ziyi and Wang Leehom.

Zhang, who will play both lead actress and producer in the upcoming movie, is best known for her leading roles in Hollywood blockbusters such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Memoirs of a Geisha.

Said to be the sequel to Zhang's 2009 film Sophie's Revenge, My Lucky Star will see the 33-year-old star opposite Taiwanese singer-songwriter and actor Wang, 36.

The Singapore shoot for the film is now underway with Dennie Gordon in the director's chair. The American film and television director is known for her hit TV series Chicago Hope, Dawson's Creek and Ally McBeal, among others, as well as films such as Joe Dirt, New York Minute and What a Girl Wants.

Wang Leehom, Dennie Gordon and Zhang Ziyi on the set of the film "My Lucky Star".

The production crew will be filming at several parts of MBS including Sands SkyPark, the Observation Deck, the Porte Cocheres and the hotel lobby, from 14 to 26 August. MBS will set the scene for the introduction of the main characters.

The star-studded blockbuster, which will also be filmed in Beijing, Hong Kong and Macau, is set to be released next year.

MBS said it has received over 280 production discussions since its opening in June 2010.

The integrated resort has also been featured in shows such as Taiwanese drama In Time With You, Korean series Spy Myung Wol as well as a famous Softbank commercial featuring Japanese group SMAP.

But this will be the first time it will "star" in a major motion picture.