Rebecca Ferguson starring in The Lady And The Panda

Rebecca Ferguson at the Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation premier

by James White |
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Rebecca Ferguson is headed to China. The Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and Girl On The Train actress will star in The Lady And The Panda for director Justin Chadwick.

He's written the script with Laura Bickford and Holly Gent Palmo, based on the writings of explorer Ruth Harkness. She was a 1930s socialite living the high life in New York who unexpectedly decided to take over her late husband's expedition to China. In doing so, Harkness became the first person to bring a live giant panda out of the country and to the rest of the world's attention. Travelling with a Chinese guide named Quentin Young, she went into the Himalayas to find an orphaned baby panda before bringing it to America, but after the sensation initially died down, she began to realise the benefit of preserving the animals in their natural habitat.

Chadwick has the backing of both UK and Chinese companies and is looking to shoot in Sichuan, in the foothills of the Himalayas starting next month. Ferguson has a few films either on the way or in the works, including sci-fi thriller Life (due out on 12 May next year), crime drama The Snowman (arriving 13 October the same year) and a planned return as Ilsa Faust in the next Mission Impossible movie, which has yet to set a date.

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