Japan-based Korean pop star BoA, 24, is to make her Hollywood debut in a forthcoming movie directed by Duane Adler. BoA, who will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of her Japanese debut on May 31, is believed to have been spotted by Adler while performing in LA, after which she was contacted and offered the role, sources at her management agency said.
The movie, titled "Cobu 3D," is scheduled for release in early 2012. BoA will be starring opposite "Dancing With the Stars" winner Derek Hough, 26, in an interracial love story about rival underground dance clubs in New York. BoA and Hough will play two star-crossed dancers whose forbidden love is threatened by the rivalry between their families. Director Adler is best known as the writer of dance movies "Step Up" and "Save the Last Dance."
When she was a child, BoA received two years' training involving vocal, dance and Japanese lessons, and released her debut album in South Korea at the age of 13 in 2000, followed by a mini-album in Japan in early 2001. She speaks Japanese, Korean and English and has recorded songs in Mandarin Chinese.
Despite her many talents, she told reporters, "I am expected to become a pro dancer in a short space of time and the pressure is immense. However, the whole experience is a lot of fun. I want people to see me dance. Also, I expect most of my fans have never seen me act alongside a male lead before, so there should be something new for them."
The movie's nternational distribution is being handled by Lionsgate. South Korea's CJ Entertainment, as well as BoA’s label S.M. Entertainment, will be co-producing the film. The backers are believed to have worked out distribution deals for Korea, China and Japan in an East-meets-West partnership designed to attract fans in both Asia and America.© Compiled from news reports