The Open River Entertainment project has commenced a six-week shoot in Vancouver. The film features a predominantly Chinese cast and will be shot in English and Mandarin. Andrew Hyatt (“Paul, Apostle of Christ,” starring Jim Caviezel and James Faulkner) is writing and directing. Darren Moorman of Reserve Entertainment and David Fischer of Open River are producing.
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Oscar and Emmy nominee Kinnear will play Misha Bartnovsky, a friend and mentor to Wang. The story chronicles Wang’s rise from poverty and violence, growing up in 1960s China, to his migration to the U.S. It shows his struggles with racial discrimination, and rise to become a world-class surgeon who would design new technology to help restore sight to millions.
Chen most recently appeared in Viggo Mortensen’s directorial debut, “Falling,” and broke out in a supporting role in Cameron Crowe’s “Almost Famous.”
“The life of Dr. Ming Wang is a remarkable story of hope,” Fischer said in a statement. “In a time when the world is hungry for stories of conversion and redemption, ‘Sight’ explores how we must come to peace with our past before we move forward in the present.”
Dan Mark and Rachel Tan will co-produce the project, with Wang as executive producer. The film is slated for a 2022 theatrical release.
“I am overwhelmed that a movie is being made about my life,” Wang said. “Living through the many dramatic events that I experienced, I never expected them to be told to the world, especially in such a poignant way. I hope this movie might pave the way to inspire more untold stories to be heard and to inspire others to persevere and follow their dreams.”
Kinnear has also signed on to star with Courteney Cox and Mira Sorvino in “Shining Vale,” a Starz original horror comedy series. He is represented by WME and Anonymous Content.
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