Cross-Continental Suspense is Underway: Zhang Hanyu to Star in China-Canada Co-Production ‘Unspoken’

Chinese actor Zhang Hanyu has been cast as the lead in the suspense drama film “Unspoken.”

Zhang, who starred in the 2014 Hong Kong production “The Taking of Tiger Mountain” and more recently “The Great Wall” (2016) alongside Matt Damon, will play Xu, an ex-cop who sets out with a translator to solve the murder of his estranged deaf daughter. “Unspoken” will feature a mix of English, Chinese and American Sign Language (ASL) throughout the film. Michael Cudlitz, Jake Abel and Vivienne Tien, who plays Xu’s interpreter, round out the cast. 

The film is a joint production between Huanxi Media and CMC Pictures, and will film in China as well as in Manitoba, Canada. International production team leaders Mark Ordesky and Jane Fleming discussed working cross-culturally in a recent Hollywood Reporter article, saying in a statement, “We are thrilled to be working with this illustrious Chinese team to ramp a truly international production [sic]. With three languages being utilized regularly on set, we are living proof that with effort and patience, understanding is always possible.”

“Unspoken” is currently slated for a 2022 release, so get ready to watch on the edge of your seat!