Fresh from his Horse Wrangler film Drive on, Jackie Chan has planned an action comedy based around baby pandas. The 69-year-old screen icon is set to play the lead role Panda planDirected by mainland Chinese filmmaker Zhang Luan (Song of Youth, give me five) and produced by Mandarin Motion Pictures and Wishart Media Co.
The project was announced on the final day of the TIFFCOM content market in Tokyo and will make its sales debut at the American Film Market in Los Angeles next week.
The film centers on a rare baby panda with a dark ring around just one eye who becomes a global sensation when he is born at China’s Noah Zoo. But when a Middle Eastern tycoon sends international mercenaries to kidnap the zoo’s cubs, Chan, playing a version of himself as an international action star, is forced to take part in a rescue mission.
“Then a thrilling and hilarious panda defense battle ensues in this wildlife park,” reads the story synopsis from Mandarin Motion Pictures.
Supporting actors in the film are Shi Ce (Hi Mom), Wei Xiang (Full river red) and Han Yanbo (The super family).
Hong Kong-based Mandarin Motion Pictures will offer the title to international distributors at AFM, which runs from October 31 to November 31. 4 at the Hotel Le Méridien Delfina in Santa Monica.
Apart from Drive onwhich grossed over $30 million in China in April, Chan most recently starred alongside John Cena in Scott Waugh’s US-China co-production Hidden blow, which was a huge success in its limited U.S. theatrical release but was widely watched internationally on Netflix. He also voiced Splinter in Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s films Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhemwhich grossed $180.5 million worldwide for Paramount Pictures.
The tirelessly busy actor has several projects in the works, including DreamWorks Animation Kung Fu Panda 4 Sequel in which he embodies the character of Master Monkey and a report Rush hour 4 Film that is in development.