Saturday, November 20, 2004

Rush Hour 3: Aishwarya Rai to Star?

Some segments of the Indian media are reporting that Aishwarya Rai may be the next female to star in the Chris Rock and Jackie Chan starring Rush Hour 3. The India Abroad News Service (IANS) is reporting that Sheeraz Hasan, producer of a US entertainment show, has initiated talks between the actress and Hollywood director Brett Ratner (director of the Rush Hour films as well as the upcoming Salma Hayek/Perce Brosnan led "After the Sunset").

Hasan, who was feted at the Indian Telly Awards here Friday, recommended Aishwarya's name while interviewing Ratner for his show, Tinseltown TV. Ratner had told Hasan that he was willing to cast a Bollywood actress in his forthcoming project, but that he knew no one in the Mumbai film industry. Hasan immediately recommended Aishwarya as a possible candidate citing her reputation as "the world's most beautiful woman". The actress' secretary Simone Sheffield and Ratner have reportedly got in touch.

This could be yet another opportunity for Ash to continue her breakthrough into the mainstream, especially because the audience for a film like Rush Hour would most likely be quite different than the one for Bride and Prejudice. Or it could be just another one of those internet rumors.


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