Hong Kong actress / producer Josie Ho to collaborate with French director Luc Besson and American history x director Tony Kaye through Hong Kong-based production company 852 Films, the production company she founded with her husband Conroy Chan in 2009.
Ho will star throughout the roster, she and Chan will also serve as producer for the films.
852 Films will participate in the financing, production and filming and Ho will be the lead actress in two new separate Besson projects. Both are action films, mostly in English, and the first will begin filming in late 2021.
The projects will be Besson’s first since he stepped down as CEO of EuropaCorp, the studio he had founded and overseen for nearly 30 years, as well as the follow-up to the action thriller Anna in 2019. His last foray into Asia was to work. with Michelle Yeoh on The Lady (2011), the biopic on Aung San Suu Kyi.
It was Yeoh who indirectly sparked these two collaborations when she introduced Ho to Besson in Hong Kong nearly ten years ago. Years later, while Besson was in town on business, he offered her the lead role in his untitled new action flick.
âWe had a great time discussing the project and decided to work together on another movie,â Ho said. Hollywood journalist. âLuc very generously asked me for an idea and agreed to develop it with me.
852 Films will be a partner of the second film.
In addition to the Besson projects, Ho will also star in a musical feature film directed by Tony Kaye, famous for his work with music greats such as Johnny Cash, Roger Waters and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The musical, which will be set in Hong Kong, will bring together both sides of Ho’s performing talents. She first appeared on the Hong Kong entertainment scene as a pop singer in the 1990s, and has since established his rock credentials as the frontman of the cult Hong Kong rock band Josie and the Uni Boys.
âTony is in the process of creating a gigantic model for the film and plans to showcase the ‘Hong Kong sound’ and the local music scene, but we are still in discussion,â Ho said.
Then, Ho teams up with novelist and screenwriter Bruce Wagner (Map to the stars) on his Marvel Universe movie (unrelated to comics), which is slated for production later in 2020.
Ho has played a series of low-key roles in Hollywood movies over the years, including playing a patient who dies from the deadly virus in the Steven Soderbergh film. Contagion, an arrogant gallery owner at Roger Avary One lucky day, and a silent in a horror movie Open grave facing Sharlto Copley.
She has stepped up her investments and involvement in Hollywood co-productions across 852 Films since 2019, when she and Chan co-produced with Margate House Films. Rajah, based on the true story of the legendary Sir James Brooke, who inspired Lord Jim from Joseph Conrad and Rudyard Kipling The man who wanted to be king. She starred alongside Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Dominic Monaghan in the film directed by Michael Haussman, which wrapped filming in Borneo last October.
Before the pandemic hits, it just ended Habit, which starred Bella Thorne as a runaway party girl disguised as a nun, alongside Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart of The Kills, as well as Bush lead singer Gavin Rossdale. The film was produced by Ho & Chan with Donovan Leitch, Martingale Pictures, Voltage Pictures, Cloudlight & Elevated Film.