Kuala Lumpur: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei has become a symbol of strength, perseverance, and willpower in the sport of badminton for more than a decade. His success in the sport of badminton has attracted the attention of moviemakers in Malaysia.
A Malaysian film company will start working on a biography movie about World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, telling the story of his rise to World No. 1 badminton star to his relationship involving his family members.
The movie is going to be called “Rise of The Legend”, and will be directed by Teng Bee, who had previously directed a 2012 film called “Kepong Gangster”.
C8 Pictures will collaborate with Mahu Pictures to shoot that movie on a budget of RM4.5 million.
At a press conference that was held on Tuesday, the film director Teng Bee told reporters that he and his team have spent 3 years trying to convince Lee Chong Wei to allow them to make a movie about the World No. 1 shuttler.
“We had an idea of making a biopic about Lee Chong Wei 3 years ago, and after 3 years of trying, we finally get his approval.”
Teng said they will hold auditions all over Malaysia in search for the right actors to portray Lee at different ages (10-12 years old, 16 to 21 years old).
Lee did not attend the film’s contract signing ceremony as he was in Odense to get ready for the Denmark Open that will be held from Oct 18th, to Oct 23rd. It’s not yet been confirmed whether Lee would make an appearance in the movie due to his busy schedule.
Teng will start filming the movie in 2017 and the movie is scheduled to be released in theaters around Malaysia in 2018.