Something big is in the works for Wu Lei, the little bodyguard from Nirvana in Fire who headlines his own action blockbuster titled Asura: The Realm of Desire, The Beginning of A Legend 阿修罗, which was a mystery even until filming began as Wu Lei attended the opening ceremony solo.
Nonetheless, it promises to be a high-profile production with approximately USD 100 million invested to bring together an international cast and crew which was recently confirmed to include Wu Lei (Nirvana in Fire), Tony Leung Ka Fai, Carina Lau (The Destiny of White Snake) and Zhang Yi Shang.
As the leading lady, 18-year-old Zhang Yi Shang bested 100 hopefuls after four months of rigorous selection and she looks pretty legit based on the the stills that have been released.
Asura will be in three parts, the first focusing on the world of heaven and earth while the remainder focuses on the world of demons, spirits and hell. The six realms of Buddhism is a concept familiar to Chinese audiences due to ancient teachings from India that have long assimilated into the culture more than thousands of years ago. The film has already been in preparation for three years and is expected to air in 2018.
Release Date: 2018