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.