Deadline is exclusively reporting that Gemma Arterton and Jason Tobin have signed up to star in the martial arts comedy Enter The Dragons, which Marjane Satrapi will be directing.
The film will be set in 1979 in the small English town of Coalshaw, following Gloria Grimshaw. The most she can hope for from life is selling cosmetic and having a baby, but when the close-knit community of women come under threat, Gloria is forced to defend herself – by learning martial arts from Hao at the Chinese takeaway. As Gloria begins to take control of her life, her friends notice this transformation and want to join in. Soon women of all ages are learning to fight together with Gloria and Hao, becoming the ‘Coalshaw Dragons’ and using their new skills to stand up to the men in their lives.
Gemma Arterton (whose recent credits include Watership Down and Summerland) will be playing the role of Gloria, while Jason Tobin (whose recent credits include Warrior and Fast & Furious 9) will be playing the role of Hao.
Gemma Arterton released a statement saying:
Enter The Dragons is a truly original story, playing on so many themes I’m interested in and which are still very relevant today. It serves up a huge amount of much needed comedy, authenticity and empowerment. That Marjane is directing is a dream come true for me – she has a real connection to the story, the humour, the music, and of course, the martial arts. I can’t wait to bring Gloria Grimshaw to life (and kick some butt!).
Director Marjane Satrapi released a statement saying:
Bruce Lee was my childhood hero and Enter the Dragon was the first film I saw in a cinema. After reading the script, I immediately knew that I wanted to bring this highly original comedy to the screen. Its rebellious spirit reminded me of films like Rocky and Saturday Night Fever, but told with that unmistakably irreverent British humour shining through.
WestEnd’s Maya Amsellem released a statement saying:
Enter The Dragons is an incredibly fun and modern comedy written, directed, produced and starring some of the most prominent women in the film industry today. WestEnd has been championing strong female stories and promoting female talent through our WeLove brand and this is a great example of the type of story audiences want to see more of.
The screenplay is written by Joy Wilkinson, with Cassandra Sigsgaard of Jeva Films serving as producer alongside Jessica Malik, Jessica Parker, and Gemma Arterton under the Rebel Park Productions banner. WestEnd will be introducing the film to buyers at the upcoming virtual EFM.