Chinese actress Fan Bingbing is in talks to portray movie star Anna May Wong in an upcoming biopic.

Producers of Shanghai-based company Fundamental Films are developing a film called Dragon Lady and The X-Men: Days of Future Past actress/singer has emerged as their top choice to play the lead role.

The film will centre around Wong's life as the first Chinese-American movie star, recalling her poverty-stricken upbringing in downtown Los Angeles and her rise to fame in Hollywood.

Her breakout role came in 1924 when she played a Mongol slave opposite Douglas Fairbanks in The Thief of Bagdad, but she was constantly offered roles to play negative stereotypes of Chinese females. The parts available to her were limited even further by U.S. laws at the time which prevented her from having on-screen romances with a person of another race.

Wong also starred in such films as Daughter of the Dragon, Daughter of Shanghai, and Shanghai Express with Marlene Dietrich, and she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.