Footage of Besson's The Lady
CNN scored a bit of a scoop with Luc Besson, getting their hands on some footage of his upcoming film about the Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi, played by the fantastic Michelle Yeoh, as well as an interview with the man himself.
The footage from the segment mixes film with actual news footage, and asks a few light questions of Besson and the issues behind the film, like why it was filmed in secret and what happened during filming when she was released, changing the story itself.
He also reveals that it was during the filming that Aung San Suu Kyi was released from captivity, changing her story and that of the film and Besson admits he thought she was going to be held for her entire life.
Unfortunately the interviewer doesn't really push into these interesting issues too hard, and is a bit fawning and giggly for the director, but then it is Luc Besson and he has charm and bags of talent, who wouldn't?
Here's the CNN video through Coming Soon:
It was in December of last year that the film was revealed. First Michelle Yeoh herself said that she was playing the character and then we heard more about the film when it was revealed that Besson was directing, and then we heard from Aung San Suu Kyi herself.
It was when Besson was confirmed that we heard the plot.
The story of The Lady will cover an eleven year period from 1988 to 1999, starting when Aung San Suu Kyi left Oxford to visit her sick mother in Burma and ended up staying, becoming the opposition leader to the Burmese generals who control the country, and ending when her husband, Michael Aris who had been forbidden from entering Burma to be with his wife, died after being diagnosed with cancer.
You can read more about the production in a much more detailed article I wrote last year which looks at how the film evolved and the meeting between Yeoh and Aung San Suu Kyi, it also carries a good number of quotes about the film and the woman herself.
There's not a lot of footage to go on, but what we do have looks good, Yeoh does look very much like the woman herself, and Besson looks set to deliver a pretty moving and impactful film, well the story of the woman herself is, so why won't the film be?