Sunday 18 February 2018

Yeoh to take on Suu Kyi film role?

Michelle Yeoh paid a visit to Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi
Michelle Yeoh paid a visit to Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi

Michelle Yeoh has been spending time with Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi to study for a possible film role as the Nobel Peace laureate.

The Hollywood star chatted with Suu Kyi in an airport waiting lounge as the pro-democracy leader bid farewell to her youngest son, Kim Aris, 33, who lives in England and was allowed to visit his mother for the first time in a decade after her recent release from house arrest.

Former Bond girl Michelle had spent the day with Suu Kyi as part of research for an apparent upcoming film about the democracy icon, said Suu Kyi's lawyer Nyan Win. Details of the film were not immediately known.

Michelle - who starred in the 007 movie Tomorrow Never Dies and in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - observed Daw Suu and they had dinner together," the lawyer said. Daw is a term of respect.

The actress, the 65-year-old Nobel laureate and her son sat together in a waiting room of the Yangon International Airport before Yeoh and Suu Kyi's son boarded flights.

Suu Kyi was released on November 13 after more than seven years under house arrest. Her release came a week after Myanmar's first election in 20 years in which neither she nor her party could participate.

Press Association

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