Shanghai teenager Qian Zhijun who was catapulted to
celebrity status with a photo of his chubby face, is now likely to land a
leading role in a Hollywood thriller. [Click to view more photos]
Photoshop enthusiasts have used the face of Qian Zhijun, or
Little Fatty, to replace the visage of the Mona Lisa. Qian zhijun has been
invited to star in a Hollywood thriller film. [xiaopang.cn]
The Chongqing Evening News says New Line Cinema, a major Hollywood film
studio, is inviting Qian Zhijun, commonly known as Xiao Pang or Little Fatty, to
star in a film adaptation of "Ghost Blows Out the Light," a popular Chinese
online novel about a group of tomb raiders and their mysterious adventures in
Sources from New Line Cinema suggest Xiao Pang is perfect for the role
because he and the novel share a common popularity among Internet users.
The 19-year-old's chubby face has become a favorite tool for Chinese Internet
users to practice their Photoshop skills -- many use his face to replace the
visages of such famous icons as Harry Potter, Austin Powers and the Mona Lisa.
With little acting background, Xiao Pang is actively preparing for any
possible auditions, according to the report.
The actor for another leading character is reportedly to be selected from
well-known Hong Kong stars.
The novel "Ghost Blows Out the Light" debuted as a smash hit on the Internet
back in March last year, and was later released in printed form in October.
Previous reports suggest that New Line Cinema hopes to create a Harry
Potter-style series, with several installments.