PETALING JAYA: A Malaysian actress will join Hollywood stars to take flight in a new sci-fi action adventure, filmed right here in Malaysia.
The actress, Debbie Goh, will be starring in Lost in the Pacific, alongside Superman Returns fame Brandon Routh and Hong Kong star Zhang Yuqi.
The movie, directed by Last Flight director Vincent Zhou, tells the story of a group of elite passengers on board an inaugural high-end transoceanic flight which turns into a disaster.
The filming of the movie has started at Pinewood Malaysia Studios and is scheduled to be released by the end of the year.
Goh said that she was lucky to have landed the role.
"I feel very lucky and I know that it's yet another challenge for me as I am the only Malaysian representative in the main role list.
"As it's my first time acting in an English language film, I will try to improve and practise English with my friends," she said in an interview through email yesterday.
Goh said she was first approached by the production team through her management company for an open casting but was unable to attend as she was filming in Beijing at the time.
"When I came back to Malaysia in February, they contacted me again and wanted to arrange for a meet-up but again I was not able to make it.
"At the end, I sent them a self-introduction video, both in English and Mandarin. And I got the role," said the Johor-born girl.
Goh is known for her roles in TV dramas Age Of Glory (2008), The Descendant (2010) and Glowing Embers (2012), as well as China's The Legend Of Kublai Khan (2013).
She also acted in local movie Bullets Over Petaling Street.
Other familiar faces that movie buffs will recognise are actor Russell Wong, Hong Kong actress Bernice Liy, Tim Parrish, Tazito Garcia and Kaiwi Lyman.
The film's crew includes visual effects supervisor Bruce Jones, who worked on The Italian Job and Star Trek, Ian Bailie who had worked in the production of Atonement and Pride and Prejudice, and director of photography Scott Winig.
The visual effects team will work at Stareast Digital Lab and with Hollywood VFX outfit Venture 3D, which has worked in Titanic 3D, The Chronicles of Narnia and other Hollywood hits.