In this month’s Transformers: Age of Extinction, you will see a familiar face especially if you are a bit of a Resident Evil fan. Li BingBing actually starred as Ada Wong in 2012’s Resident Evil: Retribution and she makes her Hollywood return facing off against giant robots.
Li had no intention of becoming an actress initially and she enrolled specifically in a high school for prospective school teachers. However, upon graduation, she discovered her interest in acting and was eventually persuaded by a friend to join the Shanghai Theatre Academy in 1993.
Li’s most recent notable role is Shangguan Jing’er in Tsui Hark’s 2010 film Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame; her character in this movie is loosely based on Shangguan Wan’er, a poet, writer and politician of the Tang Dynasty. Her first-time leading role in an English-language film is Wayne Wang’s Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2011), a film adaptation from Lisa See’s 2005 novel of the same title.
She also co-starred and co-produced with Jackie Chan in 1911, which was released in September 2011 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution. She plays video game character Ada Wong dubbed by Sally Cahill, an action femme fatale in Resident Evil: Retribution (2012), starring alongside Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory and Shawn Roberts and directed by Paul W.S Anderson. Li will be appearing alongside Mark Wahlberg in Transformers: Age of Extinction directed by Michael Bay and will be reprising her role as Ada in the upcoming Resident Evil: Rising.
Li is currently Gucci’s Global Ambassador and was the first spokesperson to represent the brand in China.
Aside from acting, one of Li’s biggest passions is philanthropy. In 2009, she established her own charitable organization L.O.V.E., which is dedicated to the promotion of a positive and healthy lifestyle and environmental protection. Li is also a UNEP Goodwill Ambassador, a WWF Earth Hour global Ambassador, Ambassador of Korean Culture in China, the Great Britain Image Ambassador, and Global Ambassador of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).
Catch Li BingBing in Transformers: Age of Extinction, opens in cinemas 26 June 2014
Images courtesy of United International Pictures Singapore
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