Actress Li Bing Bing to star in new superhero movie by comic book creator Stan Lee

Chinese actress Li Bing Bing's star is set to shine brighter in Hollywood.
Chinese actress Li Bing Bing's star is set to shine brighter in Hollywood.PHOTO: LI BINGBING/FACEBOOK

Chinese actress Li Bing Bing's star is set to shine brighter in Hollywood.

She will headline, as well as co-produce, a new superhero movie based on an original story idea by famed comic book creator Stan Lee.

The plot for the movie, Realm, remains under wraps but in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Lee said he is creating his first Chinese female comic hero.

"What a kick it has been to create our first Chinese female superhero, and an empowering one at that," said Lee, who created Marvel Comics characters such as Spider-Man and Iron Man.

"It has been such a fun experience bringing to life an international woman character, and the ability to do so has been different from anything we've ever done. I am thoroughly enjoying every minute of it."

The film will be co-produced by Lee's own Stan Lee Global Entertainment and Chinese production-distribution company Fundamental Films. Actress Li will be a co-producer alongside Stan Lee Global Entertainment's Gill Champion.

The screenplay will be written by Alex Litvak, whose previous scripts include The Three Musketeers and Predators.

In an interview with Hong Kong's Chinese-language newspaper Ming Pao Daily News, Fundamental Films' chairman Mark Gao said Li was picked for the role because she possesses the qualities to play an Asian heroine and she has also done well in recent movies such as Resident Evil: Retribution and Transformers: Age of Extinction, in which she appealed to Western audiences.

Following the announcement of the movie, Li took to her Weibo account, playfully asking if she should exercise her powers as a co-producer and called for suggestions from fans for two Marvel Comics superheroes that they would like to see in the movie.