Cecil Chao

Born in 1936, Cecil Chao Sze-tsung is a Hong Kong based real estate tycoon and chairman of HK-listed developer Cheuk Nang Holdings. Known for his flamboyant playboy lifestyle, Chao raised eyebrows the world over in September 2012 when he announced a HK$ 500 million bounty to look for a man who could win the heart of his daughter Gigi Chao, who is believed to be lesbian and have married her partner in a civil union overseas. 

Star of 'The Dictator' signs deal to make film based on Gigi Chao

PUBLISHED : Friday, 05 October, 2012, 10:52am
UPDATED : Friday, 05 October, 2012, 2:20pm

Little has been heard from playboy property tycoon Cecil Chao Sze-tsung since he offered a HK$500 million dowry last month to any man able to convince his daughter Gigi Chao to divorce her wife and marry her suitor.

Applications quickly began flooding in from around the world, prompting Gigi Chao’s plea for an end to the harassment.

Now the story, first reported by the South China Morning Post on September 26, is back in the news with a Hollywood twist.

According to entertainment website Deadline.com, English actor and screenwriter Sacha Baron Cohen has now signed a deal with Paramount Pictures to bring the story to the big screen in a comedy film tentatively titled The Lesbian.

The website said that Baron Cohen is likely to play the role of Cecil Chao and produce The Lesbian, although a writer for the film has yet to be announced.