Quickly, I need to get this out of the way: Nonzee Nimibutr's new project, formerly titled Queen of Pattani is now called Queens of Langkasuka, according to an article by Kong Rithdee in today's Bangkok Post Real Time.
Pattani is the current name of a southern Thailand province, where there is a lot of unrest and Muslim militancy going on, so the name change is a move to distance the film from that.
Shutter leading man Ananda Everingham stars as a sea gypsy. Dan Chupong from Born to Fight is the military chief for a queen. Langkasuka was one of the old kingdoms in southern Thailand. The movie is a historical fantasy epic. It's due to be completed in about year.
Everingham, meanwhile, has already been tapped to co-star in Duek Laew Khun Khaa (Bangkok Time) by Santi Taepanich, the director of last year's interesting documentary, Crying Tigers.
It's being produced by some influential filmmakers, including Nonzee and ML Mingmongkol Sonakul and actor Attaporn Theemakorn. Even Santi's mother has put up some money to help him make the film, Soopsip reported in The Nation earlier this week.
Attaporn plays a pornography vendor along Silom Road, with Everingham in the role of a rentboy and Dusita Chalermcharnchai working in a hospital emergency room.
"It’s a romantic story, but it's very different from the kind of romances played out in other films," Santi was quoted as saying.
(Cross-published at Rotten Tomatoes)