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Tuesday, 11 August 2009

The Green Hornet Finds Its Kato - Taiwanese popster "Jay Chou"


Seth Rogen's Green Hornet movie lost Stephen Chow recently, both as director and as its Kato, so fans have been wondering who would replace him in the iconic role that Bruce Lee once portrayed on T.V.

It seems that Sony Pictures have now confirmed (via Twitter) that Taiwanese popster "Jay Chou" has snagged the role. Chou is Taiwan's answer to Justin Timerlake as well as being an actor and filmmaker.

Chou, 30 years old, recently made the transition to movies and is reportedly a fan of Bruce Lee, who played the role in the 1960s TV show. Chou has appeared in three Chinese-language movies.

Chou joins Nicolas Cage, Rogen, Cameron Diaz and the recently announced James Edward Olmos (Battlestar Galatica's Bill Adama) in the movie, which is to be directed by Michel Gondry.

"Jay is incredibly unique and charming and fights like a wild dog!" Gondry said in a statement. "When I filmed him next to Seth, they had such great chemistry, and I knew the movie will be great."

"It's an overwhelming experience to take on a role made famous by Bruce Lee," Chou said in his own statement. "I won't try to be Bruce Lee's Kato—I will try to bring my own interpretation to the part. Of course, it's a dream role, and I'm looking forward to the challenge."

Rogen and Evan Goldberg wrote the script, and Neal Moritz is producing through his Original Films. The movie is looking for a July 9, 2010, release.

The Green Hornet is based upon the 1960s television serial—which was itself based on 1940s radio serials—about a masked hero who fights crime.

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