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With over 1.3 billion citizens, China is the most populated nation on Earth, which in turn means that they have the most women as well. Given that fact, then, China would seem to be the prefect place to finally find out once and for all what, exactly, women want, if such a thing can be quantified. But despite this natural bounty of feminine knowledge, so far China has been strangely tight lipped on the subject.

Until now.

Yes, folks, get ready to find out just what it is Chinese women are thinking about, as Gong Li has signed on to Chen Daming's remake of Mel Gibson's 2000 romantic comedy 'What Women Want.' Li will play the female lead, a role originated by Helen Hunt, opposite Andy Lau in Gibson's part as a chauvinistic telepath who can only read women's minds. With over 1.3 billion citizens, China is the most populated nation on Earth, which in turn means that they have the most women as well. Given that fact, then, China would seem to be the prefect place to finally find out once and for all what, exactly, women want, if such a thing can be quantified. But despite this natural bounty of feminine knowledge, so far China has been strangely tight lipped on the subject.

Until now.

Yes, folks, get ready to find out just what it is Chinese women are thinking about, as Gong Li has signed on to Chen Daming's remake of Mel Gibson's 2000 romantic comedy 'What Women Want.' Li will play the female lead, a role originated by Helen Hunt, opposite Andy Lau in Gibson's part as a chauvinistic telepath who can only read women's minds.

Li, of course, rose to fame through her acclaimed collaborations with Chinese film legend Zhang Yimou, who directed her in a number of movies, including the Oscar nominated 'Raise the Red Lantern.' She then went on star in the even more acclaimed drama 'Farewell My Concubine' before making the move to high-profile Hollywood gigs like 'Memoirs of a Geisha.' For Daming, her impressive resume made her the prefect choice to embody Chinese femininity.

"I wanted to bring more strength out in the woman character to reflect what's happening in China," Chen said. "Chinese women are leading giant businesses today and winning most of our Olympic gold. Gong Li has the presence to convey this strength"

The choice was a timely one considering that filming on 'What Women Want' was set to begin yesterday. In the meantime, though, fans of Li waiting to find out just what it is she wants will have to satisfy themselves with this sneak peak of her latest project, the John Cusack World War II thriller 'Shanghai':