It is unlikely to follow Ice Fantasy without catching wind of L.O.R.D. 爵迹, an upcoming CGI animated film starring an ensemble cast led by none other than the reigning queen of Chinese cinema, Fan Bing Bing (Empress of China).
Both are the brainchild of Guo Jingming who authored the novels that have turned into classic fantasy literature. In an attempt to do justice to the story, Guo Jingming is heavily invested in L.O.R.D. as writer and director.
Motion capture is a technique often seen in Hollywood, think Avatar, Gollum and the Hulk's man-cancelling suit as stated by Mark Ruffalo himself. L.O.R.D will be the first of its kind for the Chinese entertainment industry, generating much hype due to the magnitude of its ambition.
In the vast land of Odin, there exists four countries - water, fire, wind and earth, each playing a part in the quest for world domination.
However, it is undeniable that most of the buzz has to be from its extremely high-profile cast that include Fan Bing Bing, Kris Wu (EXO), Cheney Chen Xue Dong (Tiny Times), William Chan, Amber Kuo (Tiny Times), Lin Yun (The Mermaid), Kevin Yan Kuan, Roy Wang (TF Boys) as well as special appearances by Yang Mi and Aarif Rahman.
Due to the large ensemble of animated faces, it has become a guessing game to try and identify who is who. L.O.R.D. is scheduled to hit theaters on Sept 30, 2016 in 3D.