THE LADY Resumes Filming in Secret
According to Deadline.com, filming has resumed on Luc Besson’s THE LADY.
Best-known for his kick-ass action movies, Besson has reportedly resumed filming on his biopic of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in Paris. But the director is also quite determined to keep shooting under wraps because of the film’s delicate political situation.
Co-star Michelle Yeoh (Tomorrow Never Dies) plays Suu Kyi, the reluctant politician who spent almost 15 years under house arrest in Burma until November. Everyone is keeping quiet about the film as they don’t want to make Suu Kyi’s position any worse than it already is as the academic-turned-politician could still be re-arrested any moment.
Keeping secret while filming on locations like Oxford, England and Bangkok, Thailand is no easy task and in fact, the crew was filming in Bangkok the same day that Suu Kyi was released from prison.
Suu Kyi is known as ‘The Lady’ in Burma because the military junta was so determined to wipe Suu Kyi from people’s minds they wouldn’t allow anyone to use her real name. In fact, it is still not allowed there. The story focuses on the heartrending choice she had to make about whether to return to England and nurse her husband who was dying of cancer (played by David Thewlis) or carry on fighting for democracy in Burma.
UK distributor Entertainment will release The Lady in the UK next autumn. There is no U. S. distributor on board yet.
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