Jay Chou is Kato in The Green Hornet

Columbia Pictures (via Coming Soon) has announced that Jay Chou is officially Kato in the upcoming Green Hornet film starring Seth Rogen, replacing Stephen Chow, who bowed out first from directing duties (and was replaced by Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind‘s Michel Gondry) and then out of the film entirely.

Chou is most famous as a Taiwanese pop singer, but he’s no stranger to film, either, having starred in the live-action Initial D, Curse of the Golden Flower and Kung Fu Dunk, among others. Here’s a clip from Kung Fu Dunk showcasing a bit of Chou’s martial arts/stunt work:

He’s no Bruce Lee (there’s more than a little wire fu in the clip), but he’ll be able to handle the stunts just fine. I think it’s a shame a real martial arts expert couldn’t have gotten the role, but… it could be worse, and honestly? No matter who they cast, I’d still see it because of Michael Gondry.

The Green Hornet also stars Nicolas Cage and Cameron Diaz, and is aiming for a July 9, 2010 release.

Related Posts: Green Hornet gains director Michel Gondry; Stephen Chow no longer directing Green Hornet; Stephen Chow signs onto The Green Hornet

Posted on August 7, 2009 at 14:10 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by Liam Kruger
    on 2009-08-08 at 15:41
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    I'm going to watch this, and there will be things to commend it – but I'm honestly a little unsure about Seth Rogen. Diaz is a consistent, if less-than-stellar actress; I don't know that Rogen can be convincingly 'serious' beyond his capacity as the straight man in comedy. I'd imagine seeing 'Funny People' would inform this opinion better, but as of yet I'm a little sceptical.

  2. Written by gmcalpin
    on 2009-08-09 at 02:23
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    I enjoyed Seth Rogen in Funny People and loved him in Observe & Report, but I have doubts about his ability to pull this off, too. I'm seriously just trusting Michel Gondry on this.

  3. Written by kaleedra
    on 2009-08-09 at 09:55
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    Sweet, Jay Chou is an awesome actor, not to mention his music is fantastic!

  4. Written by kaleedra
    on 2009-08-09 at 13:55
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    Sweet, Jay Chou is an awesome actor, not to mention his music is fantastic!

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