Singapore — Homegrown film director Jack Neo has revealed the cast of his upcoming movie, Ah Girls Go Army, following an online audition that attracted thousands of hopefuls.
On Oct 23, during a Facebook live stream on Saturday, Neo introduced the 14 fresh faces who will join actress Apple Chan, 32, who appeared in Ah Boys To Men 4 (2017) and will reprise her role as Lieutenant Zhang in Ah Girls Go Army.
Xixi Lim, 33 will be joining the female cast. She is an actress who has appeared in local dramas and movies, and she will be playing an overweight and lazy recruit.
Influencer Samantha Tan, 27 is also another recruit. Tan was recently involved in the saga involving Night Owl Cinematics when its co-founder Sylvia Chan allegedly used vulgar language on her in leaked messages.
Ah Girls Go Army is scheduled for release on Chinese New Year next year and also features others in the movie such as former model Shirli Ling, actress-host Farah Farook and Miss Vasantham finalist Eswari Gunasagar.
The thorn among the roses is Mediacorp actor Glenn Yong, 25 who will take on the role of a platoon sergeant. Other cast members from the successful Ah Boys To Men comedy film series (2012 to 2017) are expected to have cameos.
All directed by Neo, 61, the four movies had grossed more than SGD26.8 million in theatres, reported Straits Times.
Turning to women this time, the new movie will focus on a batch of female recruits, who are Gen Z teenagers with different socio-economic backgrounds, undergoing Basic Military Training.
Born Jan 24, 1960, Jack Neo is a Singaporean actor, host, and director. He was prominently a full-time Mediacorp artiste from 1983 to 2003. He left Mediacorp in 2003 to concentrate as a film director. He is best known for his cross-dressing roles, as Liang Po Po (literally: Granny Liang) and Liang Xi Mei in the long-running television comedy show Comedy Nite.
Neo wrote and acted in a comedy skit for Tanjong Katong Secondary School at the age of 14. /TISG