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Singapore's SIMF Management and Taiwan's Opensky Entertainment are co-producing Singapore's first car racing-themed movie tentatively titled Warrior Of Love.

Said Hartono, 25, who emerged first runner-up of popular Chinese reality singing competition Sing! China last year: "I am excited to start.

"I am still very raw when it comes to screen acting for I have only been involved in a handful of projects that involved acting so far.

"It is a great honour for me to be offered the leading role in this film." Warrior Of Love is a comedy that revolves around a young, gullible woman who dreams of being a professional car racer and ends up falling in love with and saving her idol (Hartono).

The identity of the lead actress is yet to be announced.

This Singapore-Taiwan co-production, which has a budget of US$1.8 million ($2.5 million), will be the first commercial film for local director Derrick Lui.

Principal photography will start in mid-August in Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan.

Warrior Of Love is scheduled for release in the first quarter of next year.

This story first appeared on The New Paper on March 14, 2017.