While Matt Damon recently withdrew from consideration for Chinese director Zhang Yimou’s (House of Flying Daggers) action film The Great Wall, Legendary Entertainment is moving full-speed ahead with the picture. The film was initially developed with director Edward Zwick and was poised to star Henry Cavill and Benjamin Walker, but it was postponed due to financing and weather issues. Legendary started the film back up again with Yimou, and it is poised to be the first film to emerge from the company’s Legendary East banner. Described as “a period action spectacular with sci-fi elements and a massive plot twist”, the film is based on an idea by Legendary CEO Thomas Tull and World War Z author Max Brooks, and explores “the mysteries” behind the construction of The Great Wall in China. Two 15th century British soldiers get caught up in the havoc caused by some inhuman element that the builders of the wall are trying to keep out.
And now, as Legendary gears up to begin production in early 2016, it has been confirmed that The Great Wall will mark Yimou’s first English-language film. More after the jump.