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Dennie Gordon Begins Production on 'My Lucky Star'; First American Woman to Direct Chinese-Market Film

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by Beth Hanna
October 12, 2012 3:05 PM
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Dennie Gordon, center, and Zhang Yiyi, right

Director Dennie Gordon has begun production on the Chinese-language film "My Lucky Star," the prequel to 2009's blockbuster "Sophie's Revenge." International star Zhang Ziyi will reprise her role as Sophie, a glamorous globe-trotter caught up in a crime caper.

Gordon's presence as director on this film marks an interesting milestone: She is the first American woman to direct a feature for the domestic market in China. Her previous credits include various episodes of "30 Rock," "The Office" and HBO's "Tracy Takes On," for which Gordon won a DGA. She also directed the feature films "Joe Dirt," "New York Minute" and "What a Girl Wants."

Zhang is best known to American audiences for her leaps and bounds in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "Hero" and "House of Flying Daggers," and will star in the much-anticipated if mysterious Ip Man biopic "The Grandmasters" from Wong Kar-Wai.

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