Anthony Neely: Eyes on Hollywood

Anthony Neely: Eyes on Hollywood
Anthony Neely, American-born Taiwan-based singer.

He might be better known for his raspy voice and songwriting talent in the Mandopop world, but Anthony Neely is actually hungry for Hollywood.

"It's definitely one of my fantasies, starring opposite heavyweights like Anthony Hopkins, James Franco, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Leonardo DiCaprio," said the 27-year-old American-Taiwanese singer in an interview with M at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel on Monday afternoon.

He was in town to promote his third Mandarin studio effort, Friends.

He said: "Oh man, if I could be in the same movie as Leonardo, I wouldn't even mind being an extra."

Neely - who became an overnight Mandopop sensation four years ago after blowing everyone away on Taiwan's top singing reality competition One Million Star as a guest contender - has recently taken steps to turn fantasy into reality.


If he gets his way, his first Hollywood vehicle could very well be the kind of romance-adventure and vampire-themed schtick that has sent legions of teen fangirls shrieking in excitement.

In April, he boldly tweeted popular US young adult fiction author Cassandra Clare, 40, expressing his interest to play the role of Eurasian Shadowhunter (a half-angel, half-human warrior) Jem Carstairs for a possible movie remake of her The Infernal Devices trilogy, which is currently in development.

"If you're willing to consider me, I'll talk to my company. Oh, and I'll read the books," he tweeted Clare.

Neely quickly followed up with another post, where he uploaded a picture of Clockwork Angel (the first book of The Infernal Devices) and wrote: "I got me (sic) some reading to do."

According to reports, The Infernal Devices, the prequel to Clare's hugely successful six-book series The Mortal Instruments, is currently in the process of scripting.

The film adaptation of the first book The Mortal Instruments, City Of Bones, was released in August, starring swoonsome Taiwanese model-actor Godfrey Gao as a powerful warlock.

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