Screenwriter and producer Luc Besson has decided to further his directing career by helming the new Aung San Suu Kyi biopic starring Michelle Yeoh, is reporting. The director, who is known for helming such movies as ‘Arthur and the Invisibles’ and ‘The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec,’ has been shopping the proposed film around Tai film studios.

The Tai studio Movie Siam is also reporting that filming has already begun. Suu Kyi’s spokesman has said she has already spent time with Keoh to help prepare her for the role.

Suu Kyi is a prominent Burmese political figure. She was the General Secretary of the National League for Democracy when the party won a general election in 1990. The win legally allowed them to take the power back from the military government that staged a coup in 1962. But Suu Kyi was already under house arrest, and the military refused to hand the power over to her. She was under house arrest from July 20, 1989 until last month, when she was released on November 13. She has won several notable prizes, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.

Written by: Karen Benardello

Aung San Suu Kyi
Aung San Suu Kyi

By Karen Benardello

As a graduate of LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic, Karen Benardello serves as ShockYa's Senior Movies & Television Editor. Her duties include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, and scribing movie, television and music reviews and news articles. As a New York City-area based journalist, she's a member of the guilds, New York Film Critics Online and the Women Film Critics Circle.

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