By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Chinese pop star Hangeng is set to do his first Hollywood film.
The former member of K-pop boy band Super Junior has been cast in the American movie "Transformers 4," sending his fans into a frenzy.
|Hangeng (Photo by www.michaelbay.com)|
Michael Bay, who will again direct the latest installment of the "Transformers" movie franchise, announced last night Hangeng's inclusion in the film.
"He’s one of Asia’s top stars in the worlds of music, television and movies and has become one of the most influential entertainers in China. Now he’ll also be known for Transformers 4. Welcome Han Geng to the cast of Transformers 4," Bay wrote on his website, Twitter and Facebook page.
Hangeng replied that he's excited to join the movie.
"I'm very excited to join the family of Transformers movie. Thanks to Michael Bay, Paramount, Jiaflix and China Movie Channel!" Hangeng replied to Bay's tweet.
Hangeng will be joining the cast of "Transformers 4" that includes Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz, Kelsey Grammer, T.J. Miller, Sophia Myles, Stanley Tucci and Chinese actress Li Bingbing.
He has played in dramas and movies in the last few years.
Hangeng played himself in the MBC sitcom "Nonstop" in 2006, a year after he debuted as member of Super Junior in 2005.
He was cast in the Super Junior movie "Attack of the Pin-Up Boys" that was released in 2007.
In China, he played the lead role in the drama "Stage of Youth" in 2009.
Hangeng appeared in Chinese movies "The Founding of a Party," "My Kingdom" and "The First President" in 2011 and "Bring Happiness" and "So Young" this year.
After leaving Super Junior in 2009, he debuted as a solo artist in China in 2010 and has since amassed various awards.
Last year, he won the Best Worldwide Act in the MTV Europe Music Awards.
This year, he bagged the Favorite Asian Act in the Kids' Choice Awards.
Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) congratulated Hangeng, who becomes the first Chinese male actor to be cast in the movie.
Hangeng, who is one of China’s most well-known pop idols, has already a rich history with Viacom, apart from Paramount Pictures, through MTV and Nickelodeon.
He was named the most Popular Mainland Male Singer at the CCTV MTV Mandarin Music Honors, which celebrates the best in music from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong in August 2012.
“We are absolutely delighted to hear Paramount Pictures, which is one of Viacom’s brands, officially cast Han Geng in the next installment of this blockbuster franchise over the weekend. From the MTV EMA last year to this year’s Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, we knew he was a fast rising Asian star. We will continue to elevate more Chinese artists at international platforms, grow the awareness and appreciation of Chinese music and artists for fans around the world to enjoy,” said Indra Suharjono, VIMN Asia’s executive vice president and managing director.
The last edition of the film, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," has grossed $1.12 billion worldwide when it was released in 2011.
"Transformers 4" will be released on June 27, 2014.
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