Nathan Hartono to star as lead in Singapore film When Ghost Meets Zombie

Nathan Hartono will play a character called Pong in the Chinese-language comedy.
Nathan Hartono will play a character called Pong in the Chinese-language comedy.PHOTO: LESLIE KEE

SINGAPORE - Singer-songwriter Nathan Hartono makes his leading man debut in the Singaporean film When Ghost Meets Zombie.

Hartono, 26, plays a character called Pong in the Chinese-language comedy. Pong sacrifices his life to save his fellow villagers and turns into a zombie in the process. He later meets and falls in love with the ghost of a free-spirited and mischievous girl, who dies before she realises her dream of clinching the title in a beauty pageant. The ghost then possesses Pong to take part in a male beauty pageant.

The female lead, who was selected through rounds of open casting calls, auditions and special training workshops has yet to be announced.

Filming next month and the movie will be directed by Han Yew Kwang, who helmed titles such as sex comedy Rubbers (2014) and comedy When Hainan Meets Teochew (2010). It is slated for release in the first quarter of next year.

When Ghost Meets Zombie will be the first feature film by Wawa Pictures, a 10-year-old, independently run television production company behind well-received Channel U and Channel 8 shows such as Secrets For Sale (2011) and Game Plan (2012). It will be scripted by Wawa and distributed by Clover Films and Golden Village.

Hartono, who came in second in the popular reality show Sing! China in 2016, made a brief cameo in last year's Chinese New Year movie The Fortune Handbook. He is also set to star in a Singapore-Taiwan car-racing flick called Warrior Of Love that will be directed by Singaporean film-maker Derrick Lui (1400, 2015).