Director John Woo Drops Andy Lau for “Battle of Red Cliff”

Director John Woo said Andy Lau would not star in his upcoming project "Battle of Red Cliff" because of the star’s compact schedule.

John Woo gave an interview Saturday in Beijing. He explained that Andy Lau is an excellent actor that he hopes to cooperate with next time.

The Hollywood director also confirmed that the five leading roles had already been decided. They belong to Chow Yun-Fat, Cannes best actor winner Tony Leung, Chang Chen and Taiwan supermodel Lin Chi-Ling. Taiwan actor Collin Chou will replace Andy Lau to play the famous general Zhao Zilong.

The movie is scheduled to start shooting in March.

"Battle of Red Cliff" or else known as ??????is based on a war of the same name in the Three Kingdoms period, when China had three separate rulers.

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