Live-Action Dragon Ball Z Movie Gets its Cast

After announcing James Wong as the director of the upcoming “Dragon Ball Z” movie (apparently to be called just “Dragonball” in its big-screen incarnation), Twentieth Century Fox has given the movie the go-ahead and scheduled it for a Summer 2008 release date, which seems way too early, but then I’m not a big time movie studio. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Justin Chatwin and James Marsters have been cast in the film as the film’s hero and villain, respectively, with James Wong still directing. Chatwin was most recently in David S. Goyer’s “The Invisible”, while Marsters is most known to Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans as Spike the vampire.

More about the movie:

The story follows an adult humanoid alien named Goku, who discovers that he was sent to Earth to blend in and destroy our population but instead elects to protect it from an oncoming alien onslaught bent on dominating the universe and controlling the mystical objects from which the film takes its name.

Chatwin, who will play Goku, has already begun training under the auspices of stunt performance company 87Eleven, which has executed and designed action pieces in pictures such as “The Matrix,” “The Bourne Supremacy,” “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” and “300.” Marsters is playing the villainous Piccolo.

Also mentioned in the article is that the movie is being produced by Stephen Chow.

The ball drops Summer 2008.

Live-Action Dragon Ball Z Movie

Live-Action Dragon Ball Z Movie



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  • Chris

    Why the hell are these guys playing these roles there is no way in hell Chatwin can look or even get close to the build of Goku, and The other one is way to tall to play Vegeta this long awaited movie is going to be ruined before it even starts!!

    • catwoman2990

      im kind of upset, i love dragonball and dbz, and they didnt give master roshi a beard and mustache, bulma didnt have blue hair, gokus hair wasnt big enough, and justin needs to work out more, yamcha is played by a japanese guy when his character is totally like an american white guy. they forgot launch, i really hope they dont mess this up. im excited at the same time as dissapointed, the only one that looks the most like the character is piccolo!

    • catwoman2990

      im kind of upset, i love dragonball and dbz, and they didnt give master roshi a beard and mustache, bulma didnt have blue hair, gokus hair wasnt big enough, and justin needs to work out more, yamcha is played by a japanese guy when his character is totally like an american white guy. they forgot launch, i really hope they dont mess this up. im excited at the same time as dissapointed, the only one that looks the most like the character is piccolo!

    • catwoman2990

      im kind of upset, i love dragonball and dbz, and they didnt give master roshi a beard and mustache, bulma didnt have blue hair, gokus hair wasnt big enough, and justin needs to work out more, yamcha is played by a japanese guy when his character is totally like an american white guy. they forgot launch, i really hope they dont mess this up. im excited at the same time as dissapointed, the only one that looks the most like the character is piccolo!

  • Chris

    Why the hell are these guys playing these roles there is no way in hell Chatwin can look or even get close to the build of Goku, and The other one is way to tall to play Vegeta this long awaited movie is going to be ruined before it even starts!!

  • Chris

    Why the hell are these guys playing these roles there is no way in hell Chatwin can look or even get close to the build of Goku, and The other one is way to tall to play Vegeta this long awaited movie is going to be ruined before it even starts!!

    • catwoman2990

      im kind of upset, i love dragonball and dbz, and they didnt give master roshi a beard and mustache, bulma didnt have blue hair, gokus hair wasnt big enough, and justin needs to work out more, yamcha is played by a japanese guy when his character is totally like an american white guy. they forgot launch, i really hope they dont mess this up. im excited at the same time as dissapointed, the only one that looks the most like the character is piccolo!

  • Ryan

    First of all, the villain is King Piccollo (piccollos dad), not vegeta. Second, it’s set before the series of DBZ starts..when it was just called “Dragonball” and they were all younger..so Chatwin is perfect for the part. Trust me.

    • amir

      the movie isnt only dragonball its also z since vegta is joining (obvious) along with the fact that the summary sais the movie is about a guy named goku who is going to save earth from villains SUCH AS lord picollo so…..

    • amir

      the movie isnt only dragonball its also z since vegta is joining (obvious) along with the fact that the summary sais the movie is about a guy named goku who is going to save earth from villains SUCH AS lord picollo so…..

    • amir

      the movie isnt only dragonball its also z since vegta is joining (obvious) along with the fact that the summary sais the movie is about a guy named goku who is going to save earth from villains SUCH AS lord picollo so…..

    • taro

      do u kno wen its comin out? seriously im a big fan ofit forl ike 9 years
      ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

    • taro

      do u kno wen its comin out? seriously im a big fan ofit forl ike 9 years
      ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

    • taro

      do u kno wen its comin out? seriously im a big fan ofit forl ike 9 years
      ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

    • AndAnother1

      No, trust me, there are other people that can definitely play a better young Goku. Casting really messed up in a long awaited movie.

    • AndAnother1

      No, trust me, there are other people that can definitely play a better young Goku. Casting really messed up in a long awaited movie.

    • AndAnother1

      No, trust me, there are other people that can definitely play a better young Goku. Casting really messed up in a long awaited movie.

    • christian redd

      I THINK YOU WERE WRITE AND THAT OTHER GUY WAS WORNG AND THIS MOVIE IS TOTLEY GOING TO ROCK beter then IRONMAN DBZ is going to tto be the best movie of 09…

      • christian redd

        DBZ IS GOINGTO HEY MOM GET OUT OF MY ROOM SARRY I THIS NEW LAB TOP THAT WRITES EVERY THING I SAY BACK TO WHAT I WAS SAYING DBZ IS GOING TO ROCK SO HARD THE EARTH IS GOING TO SHAKE YHA!!!

      • christian redd

        DBZ IS GOINGTO HEY MOM GET OUT OF MY ROOM SARRY I THIS NEW LAB TOP THAT WRITES EVERY THING I SAY BACK TO WHAT I WAS SAYING DBZ IS GOING TO ROCK SO HARD THE EARTH IS GOING TO SHAKE YHA!!!

      • christian redd

        DBZ IS GOINGTO HEY MOM GET OUT OF MY ROOM SARRY I THIS NEW LAB TOP THAT WRITES EVERY THING I SAY BACK TO WHAT I WAS SAYING DBZ IS GOING TO ROCK SO HARD THE EARTH IS GOING TO SHAKE YHA!!!

    • christian redd

      I THINK YOU WERE WRITE AND THAT OTHER GUY WAS WORNG AND THIS MOVIE IS TOTLEY GOING TO ROCK beter then IRONMAN DBZ is going to tto be the best movie of 09…

    • christian redd

      I THINK YOU WERE WRITE AND THAT OTHER GUY WAS WORNG AND THIS MOVIE IS TOTLEY GOING TO ROCK beter then IRONMAN DBZ is going to tto be the best movie of 09…

    • KAMEHAMEHA

      Actually moron if u ever even seen dragonball. when he fought piccolo jr. He was actually ripped. He may not be as buff as in dragonball z but who can really be tat buff in dbz. in dragonball he a six pack and he was pretty big not a skinny white fck who does not know how to act

    • KAMEHAMEHA

      Actually moron if u ever even seen dragonball. when he fought piccolo jr. He was actually ripped. He may not be as buff as in dragonball z but who can really be tat buff in dbz. in dragonball he a six pack and he was pretty big not a skinny white fck who does not know how to act

    • KAMEHAMEHA

      Actually moron if u ever even seen dragonball. when he fought piccolo jr. He was actually ripped. He may not be as buff as in dragonball z but who can really be tat buff in dbz. in dragonball he a six pack and he was pretty big not a skinny white fck who does not know how to act

    • thetruthbetold

      GOKU IS NOT WHITE! WHO DECIDED ON CASTING??? THIS MOVIE IS GOING TO BE ASS!!

    • thetruthbetold

      GOKU IS NOT WHITE! WHO DECIDED ON CASTING??? THIS MOVIE IS GOING TO BE ASS!!

    • thetruthbetold

      GOKU IS NOT WHITE! WHO DECIDED ON CASTING??? THIS MOVIE IS GOING TO BE ASS!!

  • Ryan

    First of all, the villain is King Piccollo (piccollos dad), not vegeta. Second, it’s set before the series of DBZ starts..when it was just called “Dragonball” and they were all younger..so Chatwin is perfect for the part. Trust me.

  • Ryan

    First of all, the villain is King Piccollo (piccollos dad), not vegeta. Second, it’s set before the series of DBZ starts..when it was just called “Dragonball” and they were all younger..so Chatwin is perfect for the part. Trust me.

    • amir

      the movie isnt only dragonball its also z since vegta is joining (obvious) along with the fact that the summary sais the movie is about a guy named goku who is going to save earth from villains SUCH AS lord picollo so…..

    • taro

      do u kno wen its comin out? seriously im a big fan ofit forl ike 9 years
      ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

    • AndAnother1

      No, trust me, there are other people that can definitely play a better young Goku. Casting really messed up in a long awaited movie.

    • http://christianrredd christian redd

      I THINK YOU WERE WRITE AND THAT OTHER GUY WAS WORNG AND THIS MOVIE IS TOTLEY GOING TO ROCK beter then IRONMAN DBZ is going to tto be the best movie of 09…

      • http://christianrredd christian redd

        DBZ IS GOINGTO HEY MOM GET OUT OF MY ROOM SARRY I THIS NEW LAB TOP THAT WRITES EVERY THING I SAY BACK TO WHAT I WAS SAYING DBZ IS GOING TO ROCK SO HARD THE EARTH IS GOING TO SHAKE YHA!!!

    • KAMEHAMEHA

      Actually moron if u ever even seen dragonball. when he fought piccolo jr. He was actually ripped. He may not be as buff as in dragonball z but who can really be tat buff in dbz. in dragonball he a six pack and he was pretty big not a skinny white fck who does not know how to act

    • thetruthbetold

      GOKU IS NOT WHITE! WHO DECIDED ON CASTING??? THIS MOVIE IS GOING TO BE ASS!!

  • mugen6

    this is gonna be a crisis in the asian community. they can play those roles when they turn super saiyans. but not normal mode, goku and vegeta look asian…. good for american viewers but dbz was born and viewed in asia for a long long time. theres gonna be hell.

    • David Pausche

      Goku and Vegeta do not look Asian, what’s going on with you people!? Everybody looks white on DBZ not asian, not black, only caucasian! It would be fine if everybody was asian on DBZ, I would be just as big of a fan, but they’re not! Why would asian’s have a problem with white people playing the roles of DBZ characters, they made them white. And for the people that think who they cast for Goku is ridiculous, look at Ryan Reynolds in Blade 3, anything is possible!

      • STFU

        Dude ure dumb krillin is chinesse stupid. goku during dragonball was not even an alien he was a asian boy with a tail…AT changed the story on the way. AND stop talking bout how they LOOK white.lol. they dont look white they damn cartoons. if everybody is white in DB then why are they living in asia and talkin asian wearing asian clothes and living in asian style houses. Come on dude u know good well u talkin shit. Asians dont draw there characters to look they draw there characters to look like anime cartoon characters!

    • David Pausche

      Goku and Vegeta do not look Asian, what’s going on with you people!? Everybody looks white on DBZ not asian, not black, only caucasian! It would be fine if everybody was asian on DBZ, I would be just as big of a fan, but they’re not! Why would asian’s have a problem with white people playing the roles of DBZ characters, they made them white. And for the people that think who they cast for Goku is ridiculous, look at Ryan Reynolds in Blade 3, anything is possible!

    • David Pausche

      Goku and Vegeta do not look Asian, what’s going on with you people!? Everybody looks white on DBZ not asian, not black, only caucasian! It would be fine if everybody was asian on DBZ, I would be just as big of a fan, but they’re not! Why would asian’s have a problem with white people playing the roles of DBZ characters, they made them white. And for the people that think who they cast for Goku is ridiculous, look at Ryan Reynolds in Blade 3, anything is possible!

    • dkdkd

      yo retard if it was younger goku should b a little kid not an emo teen

    • dkdkd

      yo retard if it was younger goku should b a little kid not an emo teen

    • dkdkd

      yo retard if it was younger goku should b a little kid not an emo teen

  • mugen6

    this is gonna be a crisis in the asian community. they can play those roles when they turn super saiyans. but not normal mode, goku and vegeta look asian…. good for american viewers but dbz was born and viewed in asia for a long long time. theres gonna be hell.

  • mugen6

    this is gonna be a crisis in the asian community. they can play those roles when they turn super saiyans. but not normal mode, goku and vegeta look asian…. good for american viewers but dbz was born and viewed in asia for a long long time. theres gonna be hell.

    • http://Warrior David Pausche

      Goku and Vegeta do not look Asian, what’s going on with you people!? Everybody looks white on DBZ not asian, not black, only caucasian! It would be fine if everybody was asian on DBZ, I would be just as big of a fan, but they’re not! Why would asian’s have a problem with white people playing the roles of DBZ characters, they made them white. And for the people that think who they cast for Goku is ridiculous, look at Ryan Reynolds in Blade 3, anything is possible!

    • dkdkd

      yo retard if it was younger goku should b a little kid not an emo teen

  • Corina

    A Mexican actress named Camila Sodi is playing Bulma.