Daniel Wu takes on Mother Na­ture in Geostorm

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Be­fore we see Amer­i­can ac­tor Daniel Wu pos­si­bly kick­ing butt along­side Lara Croft in next year’s Tomb Raider re­boot, he is grap­pling with a big­ger en­emy on the big screen — Mother Na­ture.

In new movie Geostorm, the 43-year-old plays the Hong Kong­based su­per­vi­sor for the Dutch Boy Pro­gram, a global net­work of cli­mate-con­trol­ling satel­lites cre­ated by world gov­ern­ments.

But when it mal­func­tions and starts at­tack­ing Earth, it is a race against the clock to un­cover the real threat be­fore a world­wide geostorm wipes out ev­ery­thing.

Cur­rently show­ing here, the movie also stars Gerard But­ler, Ab­bie Cor­nish and Jim Sturgess.

Geostorm com­bines a com­pelling con­spir­acy the­ory thriller with a dis­as­ter film of epic pro­por­tions. Which as­pects of the story did you con­nect with?

I am a big fan of both, so this is the per­fect com­bi­na­tion. There are two sto­ries run­ning con­cur­rently — one set aboard the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion and an­other on Earth — and both are com­pelling.

Your char­ac­ter Cheng is an ex­pert on the tech­nol­ogy used to

Hav­ing lived in China for the past 20 years, I have picked up a few things about weather.

For ex­am­ple, it was sup­posed to rain dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony of the 2008 Olympics in Bei­jing, but the Chi­nese govern­ment shot ions into the clouds and made it rain a day ear­lier and not dur­ing the cer­e­mony. That was the first time I re­alised it was pos­si­ble to at least par­tially con­trol weather.

What was it like work­ing amid all the prac­ti­cal ef­fects and stunts?

It was amaz­ing. I have worked on over 60 films in Hong Kong, and I have never been on a pro­duc­tion where five blocks of the city — a sec­tion called Mong Kok — were shut down for film­ing.

Most, if not all the crews in Hong Kong worked on that se­quence.

I also did about 90 per cent of the driv­ing where Cheng races through the crum­bling streets. That was re­ally ex­cit­ing.

What chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties does work­ing on a largescale movie such as Geostorm present you?

It is chal­leng­ing be­cause you do not see the vis­ual ef­fects dur­ing pro­duc­tion, so the per­for­mance is based on your and the film-mak­ers’ imag­i­na­tion, which have to be aligned.

The car chase scene was par­tic­u­larly chal­leng­ing be­cause I had to imag­ine the road split­ting in front of me and then sud­denly veer off to the side to avoid fall­ing in the crevice.

Traf­fic cones marked the cracks in the ground that would be added later with vis­ual ef­fects.

PHOTO: WARNER BROS

Daniel Wu in Geostorm.

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