Xu Jinglei to Lead “Ci Ma”

Chinese actress Xu Jinglei has beaten Zhang Ziyi and two other candidates to be the lead actress for Peter Chan’s "The Blood Brothers," or "Ci Ma," people.com.cn reported Friday.

Xu Jinglei will join Hong Kong veteran Andy Lau and martial arts star Jet Li to shoot the upcoming blockbuster in Beijing.

Previous reports say Peter Chan has long been eyeing Xu Jinglei as the right one for the role, but there were disagreements between the director and the film’s investors.

Movie critics have been calling Xu Jinglei a rising star in both acting and directing. The 32-year-old actress is currently promoting her latest film "Confession of Pain," which also stars Cannes Film Festival best actor winner Tony Leung Chiu-wai.

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