Los Angeles, CA (October 15, 2013) – French actress LAURA WEISSBECKER brings beauty, brawn and brains to America, making her U.S. debut in martial arts icon Jackie Chan’s International blockbuster, “Chinese Zodiac,” hitting theaters on October 18, 2013.
Written, produced, directed by and starring global film star Jackie Chan, action-comedy “Chinese Zodiac” is the second highest grossing Chinese language film in China Mainland history (more than US$140 million box office just in Mainland China). The film tells the story of a man (Jackie Chan) searching the world for 12 Chinese zodiac bronze heads. In a breakout performance, Weissbecker stars as Katherine, the good natured, down-on-her-luck French heiress and owner of one of the missing zodiac artifacts who joins JC (Chan) on his quest for the remaining stolen treasures.
Not only did Weissbecker learn to speak Chinese for the role, but this beautiful and versatile actress also did most of her own stunts. An impressed Chan commented, "She (Weissbecker) is very brave, willing to take risks, and works as if her life depends on it. She does her utmost, at all costs. Whatever I taught her, she was capable of doing. She really impressed me."
Adding to her accolades and international popularity, Weissbecker just won the Chinese Award for ‘Best Emerging Global Actress’ at the October 2013 Huading Awards in China. On the thrill of winning the most popular (TV audience coverage: 900 million viewers) and prestigious Chinese award, she added, “I feel very honored and blessed. All the winners are amazing artists who inspire me as an actress and artist: Nicole Kidman (Best Global Film Actress) is one of my role models, Jeremy Irons (Best Global Lifetime Achievement) and Quentin Tarantino (Best Global Film Director). I am so thankful to the Chinese people and to Jackie Chan for this award.’’
Up next, Weissbecker will star and co-produce, with American and Chinese partners, the Chinese-American-French comedy feature, ‘’Lost in China,’’ scheduled to begin shooting in Paris and China next year.
Originally from Strasbourg, France, this stunning and sophisticated star began her film career opposite Francois Cluzet in the feature film “France Boutique,” directed by Tonie Marshall (2000 Cesar French Academy award winner). Weissbecker is recognized by international audiences for her memorable roles in ‘’Versailles, the Dream of a King,’’ directed by Thierry Binisti, and “The Russian Dolls,” directed by Cedric Klapisch, also starring Audrey Tautou, Romain Duris and Cecile de France. Weissbecker was on the jury of the Asian Talent Awards at the Shanghai International Film Festival in June 2013, the Cannes Film Festival of Asia. She holds a Master’s degree in Engineering from one of the most prestigious French Grandes Ecoles and is fluent in French, English, Chinese and German.
Laura Weissbecker is repped by ACT 1 (agent) and Fran Blain at Blain & Associates (manager).
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