While I eagerly await for Sony Pictures Classics to release Zhang Yimou's The First Gun in the U.S. (despite the negative response it's apparently received at home in China), I can't help but leapfrog that movie in order to excitedly bring news of the filmmaker's next film: The Thirteen Women of Jinling (also known as The 13 Women of Nanjing). According to a Chinese website, Jingling will apparently take priority over Yimou's other in-the-works project, Romance Under a Hawthorn Tree, and it will feature a Hollywood A-list actor in some capacity.

Producer Zhang Weiping mentions only the biggest and best as potentials, with Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt allegedly all showing interest. One of these actors could fill the role of a pastor in the film, which will be set in a Nanjing church during the Japanese invasion of 1937. As for the titular women, all prostitutes who sought shelter in church, Weiping says they're looking for unknown actresses with "good foreign language skills" (likely meaning they can speak enough English to act opposite a big Hollywood movie star).
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