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Jackie Chan and Wu Jing to star in Mount Everest drama Climbers

The Karate Kid, Jackie Chan

Story by Jack Foley

JACKIE Chan and Wu Jing, two of the biggest names in Asian cinema, are uniting for a true life tale about climbing Mount Everest.

Tentatively titled Climbers in English, the film will be directed by Hong Kong filmmaker Daniel Lee and will dramatize the real-life expedition of Chinese climbers Wang Fuzhou, Gonpo and Qu Yinhua, who made a historic ascent up Mount Everest’s North Ridge in 1960.

The Chinese team was the first to successfully climb Everest’s north side, known to be especially perilous.

The trio famously left a small statue of Chairman Mao at the top of the summit, before returning midway down the mountain to rescue a fourth member of their team who was unable to complete the climb.

Chan is a Hong Kong acting legend who broke Hollywood with both his Rush Hour and Shanghai Noon franchises, as well as the successful remake of The Karate Kid. He remains one of the world’s biggest action stars.

Wu broke out as a huge A-list name in mainland China in 2017 thanks to the colossal success of military action flick Wolf Warrior 2, which he wrote, directed and starred in. The film earned $870 million and remains China’s biggest blockbuster of all time.

Joining Wu and Chan, as the two other climbers, will be popular young actor Jing Boran (Monster Hunt, Us and Them) and television star Hu Ge (Chinese Paladin, 1911), while actress Zhang Ziyi rounds out the cast as a Chinese meteorologist who assists the mission.

Climbers is currently shooting in China and is expected to be released either on China’s patriotic National Day holiday or during Chinese New Year in 2020.