'Mummy' flick to premiere early in China

Nov. 28, 2007 at 10:50 AM

SHANGHAI, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- The latest installment of Hollywood's blockbuster "Mummy" franchise will debut in Beijing a week before its U.S. release, Variety.com reported Wednesday.

Set in ancient Xi'an, much of "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" was shot in China with a largely Chinese crew.

Speaking at the wrap party in Shanghai, director Rob Cohen said the movie is expected to open in Beijing July 24, a week before it hits U.S. theaters -- a surprising move since most Hollywood movies open in China after their U.S. release, the trade paper noted.

"Mummy" stars Brendan Fraser, Maria Bello, John Hannah and Isabella Leong attended the wrap party in their costumes. However, the movie's local actors, Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh, did not make an appearance.

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