THE GREAT WALL
About The Production
Between courage and fear. Between monsters and men. A wall stands that must
Academy Award winner MATT DAMON (The Martian, The Bourne franchise) leads
humanity's greatest fight for survival in The Great Wall, from Legendary and
Universal Pictures. When a mercenary warrior (Damon) is imprisoned within The
Great Wall, he discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of our
As wave after wave of marauding beasts, intent on devouring the world, besiege
the massive structure, his quest for fortune turns into a journey toward heroism
as he joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront this unimaginable and
seemingly unstoppable force.
Directed by one of the most breathtaking visual stylists of our time, ZHANG
YIMOU (Raise the Red Lantern, Hero, House of Flying Daggers), the action-fantasy
marks his first English-language production and the largest film ever shot
entirely in China. To create The Great Wall, Yimou has assembled a formidable
cast and filmmaking team that represents the best of East and West in a unique
global production that delivers unmissable spectacle on the grandest scale.
The thrilling adventure comes from an original screenplay by the writing duo
CARLO BERNARD & DOUG MIRO (Prince of Persia, The Sorcerer's Apprentice) and TONY
GILROY (Michael Clayton, The Bourne Legacy). It is based on a story by MAX
BROOKS (World War Z) and EDWARD ZWICK & MARSHALL HERSKOVITZ (The Last Samurai,
Love & Other Drugs).
The film is produced by Legendary CEO THOMAS TULL (Godzilla, Jurassic World),
CHARLES ROVEN (American Hustle, Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy),
JON JASHNI (Pacific Rim, Warcraft) and Legendary East CEO PETER LOEHR (Shower,
The Children of Huangshi).
The quartet guided the production along with executive producers including
Legendary's JILLIAN SHARE (Pacific Rim, Warcraft), longtime Roven associate ALEX
GARTNER (Warcraft, Get Smart), E. BENNETT WALSH (The Kite Runner, Kill Bill
series), LA PEIKANG (Warcraft) and ZHANG ZHAO (Paths of the Soul). Co-producers
on the project are veteran Chinese filmmaker ZHANG "ER YONG" WANG (The Children
of Huangshi, The Postmodern Life of My Aunt), ERIC HEDAYAT (Date Night) and ALEX
HEDLUND (As Above, So Below).
In The Great Wall, Damon stars as William Garin, a battle-scarred mercenary and
master archer taken captive by a secret army of elite warriors known as The
Nameless Order. In a vast military outpost called the Fortress City, they fight
to protect humanity from supernatural forces upon one of the greatest defensive
structures ever built: The Great Wall. On his journey, Garin is joined by PEDRO
PASCAL (Netflix's Narcos, HBO's Game of Thrones) as his sword-wielding sidekick,
Pero Tovar, a tough, wise-cracking Spaniard who has become a brother-in-arms to
William; and two-time Oscar-nominee WILLEM DAFOE (Platoon, Shadow of the
Vampire, The Grand Budapest Hotel) as Ballard, a shadowy prisoner inside the
fortress who plans his escape from his longtime captors while hoping to pilfer
their greatest weapon during his getaway.
Toplining the production's esteemed, superstar Chinese cast are a widely
celebrated Asian industry veteran and one of its rising new stars. The renowned
Hong Kong actor ANDY LAU (House of Flying Daggers, Running Out of Time, Infernal
Affairs) reunites with director Zhang as Strategist Wang, the sage alchemist
inside the fortressâ€¦whose clever inventions help its inhabitants keep the
monstrous forces at bay. He is joined by breakout actress JING TIAN (Special ID,
Police Story 2013, The Man from Macau) as Lin Mae, the fearless fighter and
leader of the fortress' balletic, gravity-defying aerial warriors, the
all-female Crane Corps. In turn, she ultimately rises to command the outpost's
entire military faction, The Nameless Order, against the creature attacks.
The film also features a supporting cast of seasoned Chinese talent that
includes veteran actor HANYU ZHANG (Assembly, The Taking of Tiger Mountain) as
General Shao, the patriarch who passes his command of the fortress' troops to
Lin Mae; LIN GENGXIN (Bubu jingxin, The Taking of Tiger Mountain) as Commander
Chen, the leader of the Eagle Corps, the crossbow marksmen who skillfully
brandish the weapon with deadly accuracy; EDDIE PENG YU-YEN (Jump Ashin!, Rise
of the Legend) as Commander Wu, who leads the Tiger Corps, the fortress'
engineering and artillery forces, against the supernatural enemy; XUAN HUANG
(Breaking the Waves, The Golden Era) as Commander Deng, leader of the fortress'
cavalry, the Deer Corps; ZHENG KAI (China's TV hit Running Man) as Shen,
Strategist Wang's imperial liaison whose political agenda conflicts with The
Nameless Order's mission; and CHEN XUEDONG (the Tiny Times 1.0 trilogy) as one
of the fortress' Imperial Guards who will readily sacrifice himself to save the
The Great Wall also welcomes to its cast a pair of China's pop-music
sensations-LU HAN (the band EXO) as Peng Yong, a soldier struggling under the
command of the Bear Corps' Gen. Shao who must overcome his fear and prove
himself heroic during the creature onslaught; and JUNKAI WANG (frontman for
China's TFBOYS), who makes his professional acting debut as The Emperor, the
17-year-old royal ruler tested before his time. They are joined by a pair of
young Chinese actresses who portray lieutenants in Lin Mae's Crane Corps-YU
XINTIAN (Death Is Here 3 & 4) and LIU QIONG, a student at Beijing's Central
Academy of Drama who, like Junkai Wang, makes her professional acting debut in
For the epic fantasy-adventure, Zhang has assembled a topnotch technical team
behind the cameras. This includes two-time Academy Award-winning production
designer JOHN MYHRE (Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha); costume designer MAYES C.
RUBEO (Warcraft, Avatar); editors MARY JO MARKEY (Star Wars: The Force Awakens,
Star Trek) and CRAIG D. WOOD (Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, Rango); and
cinematographers STUART DRYBURGH (The Piano, Once Were Warriors, HBO's Boardwalk
Empire) and ZHAO XIAODING (his 10th collaboration with ZHANG YIMOU, one that
began with House of Flying Daggers), who utilized for the first time the
Aeroflex Alexa 65 camera, capturing the fantasy in grand 6K resolution while
bringing a new level of visual fidelity to the big screen.
Joining this team are five-time Oscar winner RICHARD TAYLOR (The Lord of the
Rings trilogy), whose WETA Workshop designed the film's vast arsenal of
weaponry; and visual effects supervisor PHIL BRENNAN (Snow White and the
Huntsmen, The Wolverine), who teams up with ILM Far East VFX supervisor SAMIR
HOON (Star Trek Into Darkness, Hitman Agent 47) to create the story's predatory
Tao Tei creatures. Collectively, the film's cast and technical crew celebrate 25
Academy Awards with 43 additional nominations.
The Great Wall filmed entirely on location in China, the largest Hollywood
co-production ever mounted in the world's fourth-largest country. With the
exception of China, Universal Pictures will distribute the film globally. China
Film Co., Ltd, along with Le Vision Pictures, Legendary East and Wuzhou
Distribution will oversee the Chinese release.
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