Has Chow Ditched Kato and his Pal the Hornet?

Look, I personally have nothing against Seth Rogen and this Green Hornet movie of his — okay, that’s not exactly true. I do find the idea of giving a supporting player in pot movies a major movie franchise to do with as he wishes to be slightly on this side of utter retardation, but whatever, it’s not my franchise, and although Bruce Lee made the Green Hornet famous, does anyone really care? What I really have issues with, though, is the idea of an Asian powerhouse like Stephen Chow playing second fiddle to Seth Rogen. That’s akin to “promoting” Tom Brady to the AFL and asking him to play back-up. Maybe Chow has finally realized that, and has left the project entirely? One can only hope.

The potentially very good news comes from Spoiler TV, which despite the title of the site, also reports on movie news. Go figure. Anyways, they seem to have gotten their hands on an open casting call by Sony that is looking for an actor to play Kato. Reads the for-hire sheet:

[KATO] ALL ASIAN ETHNICITIES, Male, 20’s – early 40’s. Brit Reid’s manservant/chauffeur by day and Green Hornet’s martial arts-skilled sidekick by night sptv050769. Actor doesn’t have to have Martial Arts experience.

We already know that Chow, who was previously supposed to co-star and director, has abandoned the director’s chair in favor of doing his own thing on another superhero movie. Sony has since replaced him with kooky director Michel Gondry. And it was rumored that Chow was also gone as Kato late last year. This, if true, would seem to confirm that.

So they lost Chow. At least they have, er, Cameron Diaz?

Update: Sony has confirmed Chow leaving the picture, a spokesperson telling AICN:

“There was a mutual and amicable decision by both sides to move on. We are out now to cast a new Kato and remain fully committed to Michel Gondry’s exciting vision for the film, which will begin production this September.”

Gondry’s vision? Seth Rogen rides around on tricycles fighting crime. Hey, it’s Michel Gondry, he’s kooky that way.

Below: “Don’t look at me like that, Seth. Look, I told you, we should do our own thing for a while.”