Water tank (via NBC)
A report out of Shenzhen says that actress Gao Yuanyuan has been approached to play Canadian Elisa Lam. Lam was the young woman from Vancouver on holiday in L.A. who was found dead in a water tower at the Cecil Hotel early this year. Surveillance video at the hotel showed Lam acting erratically in the hotel elevator shortly before her death. Drugs and murder were among the various theories about the cause of the woman's death. Eventually, the case was closed and the cause of death was declared accidental. Because her body was not found for weeks, residents of the hotel drank and showered using the water as Lam's body lay decomposing in the rooftop water tank. How Elisa Lam got into the locked tank behind an alarmed-door also remains a mystery.
LATimes: Canadian tourist Elisa Lam's death ruled an accidental drowning
Then again, the whole rumour associating Gao Yuanyuan could be a fabrication to parlay the recent announcement of Gao as California's official mainland Chinese tourism ambassador. Or, it's just bad timing. (LATimes)
Further details in another report: Director Liu Hao stayed at the same Cecil Hotel in May for two weeks to conduct interviews and prepare for the film project with an autumn start. As an English-speaking is required for the role, besides Gao Yuanyuan, Ankie Beilke's name has also been mentioned as a potential actress for the role. (Source)
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