Bruce Willis’ Film ‘Air Strike’ Axed After Co-Star Disappears
Bruce Willis‘ World War II thriller, “Air Strike,” has been canceled following his co-star Fan Bingbing’s disappearance and tax evasion conviction charges.
The director, Xiao Feng, posted a message on his Weibo miniblog stating that after eight years of work on the film it was “time to let go,” according to AP Thursday. (RELATED: Celebrate Bruce Willis’ Birthday With His Top 10 Movies Of All Time [VIDEO])
A description about the film on IMDb read, “During World War II, five different Chinese people fight their way through Japanese Air Force attacks to protect an important military machine in Chongqing, 1940.”
Earlier this month, Chinese authorities ordered Bingbing and companies that she represents to pay $130 million in taxes and penalties, three months after the actress vanished from public view.
Reports in state media said that the film star had used two separate contracts for her work on the film to avoid taxes. Her disappearance came at a time when authorities were cracking down on high salaries for actors.
In response, the 37-year-old star wrote an apology on her Weibo.com miniblog to the fans who she “let down” and said she would “try my best to overcome all difficulties and raise funds to pay back taxes and fines.”
“I am unworthy of the trust of the society and let down the fans who love me,” Bingbing wrote in her first post since June 2.
Most recently, the actress was featured in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” in 2014 as Blink and did a cameo in the Chinese version of “Iron Man 3.”