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.
Two Danish comics to write Sacha Baron Cohen's film of Gigi Chao's story
A Hollywood film loosely inspired by Hong Kong billionaire Cecil Chao Sze-tsung, who offered HK$500 million to any man able to woo and wed his lesbian daughter, Gigi, will be written by Danish screenwriters and comedians Casper Christensen and Frank Hvam, media reports say.
The duo shot to fame after their 2010 cult comedy hit Klown, which centres on two friends who go on a trip to a brothel, but one of them kidnaps his girlfriend's 12-year-old nephew to prove he can be a good father.
British comic actor and filmmaker Sacha Baron Cohen has signed with the Hollywood studio Paramount Pictures to develop the film, currently titled The Lesbian. Baron Cohen is likely to play the billionaire father.
He loved Klown so much that he travelled to Denmark and persuaded Christensen and Hvam to pause work on a sequel so they could be available for The Lesbian, according to a report in US entertainment magazine Variety.
The idea for the film came after Cecil Chao made international headlines by offering a HK$500 million reward to any man who would marry his daughter, even though she is a lesbian and already considers herself married to her same-sex partner of seven years, Sean Eav. The couple held a ceremony in France last year.
The property tycoon said he did not want his daughter to be gay.
Gigi Chao, a businesswoman, could not be reached for comment last night. But in an interview with the South China Morning Post in October, she spoke of the making of the film, saying: "I think it is just a manifestation of the deeper social issues at play. One has to admit that this situation is a bit comic and tragic at the same time."