PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY TO BEGIN IN THAILAND ON OLIVER STONE'S EPIC DRAMA 'HEAVEN AND EARTH' FOR WARNER BROS.
PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY TO BEGIN IN THAILAND ON OLIVER STONE'S EPIC DRAMA 'HEAVEN AND EARTH' FOR WARNER BROS. Based on Real-Life Autobiographical Saga, Film Will Present Vietnamese Woman's Personal Experience of War BURBANK, Calif., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Principal photography will begin Oct. 26 in Thailand on "Heaven and Earth," an epic new film directed by Oliver Stone and starring Tommy Lee Jones, Joan Chen, Dr. Haing S. Ngor and newcomer Hiep Thi Le. The announcement was made jointly today by Bruce Berman, president of Worldwide Theatrical Production for Warner Bros., and Steven Reuther, president of Regency Enterprises. Inspired by the autobiographical books "When Heaven and Earth Changed Places," and "Child of War, Woman of Peace" by Le Ly Hayslip with Jay Wurts, "Heaven and Earth" traces the courageous and dramatic life of a Vietnamese woman born in 1949 who endured occupation of her native land and violent persecution by French, American and Vietnamese soldiers of conflicting ideologies before marrying an American Marine and beginning a challenging new life in the United States. Le Ly's personal saga covers four tumultuous decades of Vietnamese history as she relies on her strength, faith and tenacity to transcend arduous experiences during times of both war and peace. "Heaven and Earth" is the first major film made that reveals the war in Vietnam from the perspective of a young woman and her family caught between military and political upheavals beyond their control. This motion picture marks Stone's third cinematic examination of the war, following the award-winning "Platoon" and "Born on the Fourth of July." The picture is being made under Stone's arrangement with Arnon Milchan's Regency Enterprises; it is co-financed by Warner Bros., Regency and the latter's partners, Le Studio Canal+ and Alcor Films. Warner Bros. will distribute "Heaven and Earth" worldwide. Stone directs his own screenplay, and A. Kitman Ho produces the film with Stone, Milchan and Robert Kline; the executive producer is Mario Kassar; and the co-producer is Clayton Townsend. Risa Bramon and Christina Rodgers are the associate producers. Stone directed "Salvador," "Platoon," "Wall Street," "Talk Radio," "Born on the Fourth of July," "The Doors," and "JFK." He co- wrote "Conan the Barbarian," "Year of the Dragon," "Salvador," "Wall Street," "Talk Radio," "Born on the Fourth of July," and "JFK," and wrote "Midnight Express," "Scarface," "Platoon" and "Heaven and Earth." "Heaven and Earth" marks the seventh Stone film to be produced by Ho. Previously, Ho has guided "Platoon," "Wall Street," "Talk Radio," "Born on the Fourth of July," "The Doors" and "JFK" through all stages of production. Most recently, Ho has been serving as executive producer on the new ABC-TV event series "Wild Palms," which is a production of the Stone's Ixtlan Films. The new program, scheduled to begin airing next year, features segments from such noted directors as Kathryn Bigelow, Phil Joanou, Keith Gordon and Peter Hewitt. Jones, who will play Maj. Steve Butler of the U.S. Marines, was previously nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in Stone's 1991 Warner Bros. release, "JFK." He made his film debut in "Love Story" and has since played roles in such motion pictures as "Eyes of Laura Mars," "Coal Miner's Daughter," "Stormy Monday," "The Package" and the current Warner Bros. release, "Under Siege." He received an Emmy Award for his TV portrayal of Gary Gilmore in "The Executioner's Song" and was nominated for another Emmy for his role in the acclaimed mini-series "Lonesome Dove." Chen will portray Le Ly's tenacious Vietnamese mother. One of China's best-known film stars before emigrating to the United States, Chen has also appeared in such films as Bernardo Bertolucci's Academy Award-winning "The Last Emperor" and played an ongoing role in David Lynch's cult-hit television series, "Twin Peaks." Ngor, who is cast as Le Ly's father, received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1984 for his performance as New York Times photographer Dith Pran in "The Killing Fields." Newcomer Hiep Thi Le, who will portray the lead character, Le Ly, is a native of Vietnam who emigrated to the United States with her family and was studying physiology at the University of California, Davis when she auditioned for the central role in "Heaven and Earth." The filmmakers cast her after interviewing several thousand contenders for the role. In addition to the starring actors, more than 20 Vietnamese nationals living in the United States will make their motion picture appearances in the film. -0- 10/21/92 R /CONTACT: Stacy Ivers of Warner Bros., 818-954-6217/ CO: Warner Bros. ST: California IN: ENT SU:
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