Actress Yeoh meets Myanmar's Suu Kyi to discuss film

Tue Dec 7, 2010 8:56am EST
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YANGON (Reuters Life!) - Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh visited Myanmar at the weekend to discuss her plans to play the lead role in a new film about recently released pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Yeoh, who is best known for playing Chinese spy Wai Lin alongside Pierce Brosnan in the 1997 James Bond film "Tomorrow Never Dies" spent Sunday with the Nobel Peace Prize winner to discuss the possibility of playing her in a movie.

The charismatic Suu Kyi, daughter of late independence hero Aung San and adored by many in Myanmar, spent 15 of the past 21 years in detention because of her fight against military dictatorship. She was released on November 13 after her latest period of house arrest expired.

"(Suu Kyi) saw her off at the airport this morning," said Nyan Win, Suu Kyi's lawyer and spokesman.

"Yeoh spent the whole day at Daw Suu's residence," he added, referring to Suu Kyi. "I understand she is planning to play her in a film in the near future."

Yeoh, 48, is also a dancer and is well known for performing her own stunts in action movies.

She has starred mostly in Asian films and was nominated for a BAFTA award for best actress for her role in Ang Lee's 2000 box office hit "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" which won four Academy Awards.

(Reporting by Aung Hla Tun; Writing by Martin Petty; Editing by Daniel Magnowski)

<p>Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi (C) makes her way with her son Kim Aris (2nd L) through the airport building as he leaves Yangon December 7, 2010. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun</p>