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

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 12, 2012 at 3:05PM

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.
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Dennie Gordon, center, and Zhang Yiyi, right
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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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.