Official: Jay Chou is Kato in Green Hornet

They lost Chow, but they got Chou. It’s official: Seth Rogen and director Michel Gondry have found their new Kato, and it’s Taiwanese pop singer and actor Jay Chou. Chou is an unknown in the States unless you’re into Asian pop or watch Asian movies. He’s starred in a number of high-profile movies, including “Initial D”, “Curse of the Golden Flower”, and indulged in his basketball obsession in “Kung Fu Dunk”.

I have to say, Chou is a solid choice, and while his movies have done well in Asia, in hindsight he is probably more appropriate to play second fiddle to Seth Rogen than Stephen Chow, who is a bona fide Tom Hanks-level superstar in Asia. Chou released a statement about the role (via Reuters):

“It’s an overwhelming experience to take on a role made famous by Bruce Lee. I won’t try to be Bruce Lee’s Kato — I will try to bring my own interpretation to the part.”

“Green Hornet” will find Chou playing Kato, the Green Hornet’s chauffeur, a martial arts expert who also assists the crimefighter in his crimefighting pursuits. It was the role that made Bruce Lee famous, so you can imagine how big it is for a kid like Chou, who probably grew up idolizing Lee.

The film will co-star Nicolas Cage as the villain, and Cameron Diaz as the Green Hornet’s love interest.

Columbia Pictures has the film scheduled for a Summer 2010 release.

Kato Pose-Off!

Kato Pose-Off!



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  • Linda

    haha he is not any Taiwanese artist he is Asia’s Pop King!! Yay~` soo proud to be his fan :) o and they miss a tow moive one is secret direct, wrote, produce, and led by Jay Chou and also Ci Ling (going to come out in Dec of 2009) :S

  • Linda

    haha he is not any Taiwanese artist he is Asia’s Pop King!! Yay~` soo proud to be his fan :) o and they miss a tow moive one is secret direct, wrote, produce, and led by Jay Chou and also Ci Ling (going to come out in Dec of 2009) :S

  • http://martialartsonbluray.blogspot.com/ Martialartsonbluray

    This is super exciting, I hope this jump starts his career to higher roles in future projects!

  • http://martialartsonbluray.blogspot.com/ Martialartsonbluray

    This is super exciting, I hope this jump starts his career to higher roles in future projects!

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    I just hope Seth Rogen doesn’t destroy this film. I hate the fact that it’s gonna end up campy.

  • Dedpool

    I just hope Seth Rogen doesn’t destroy this film. I hate the fact that it’s gonna end up campy.

  • GreenHornet

    agree with Linda's comment, Jay is not just some artist. In fact, I think his popularity in Asia has overpowered that of stephen chow over the years. An extremely talented singer, song writer, composer, director, actor, producer! Though his acting skills need to be worked on, but i guess he'll play this role quite well since he has the serious-cool-emotionless look all the time.

  • GreenHornet

    agree with Linda's comment, Jay is not just some artist. In fact, I think his popularity in Asia has overpowered that of stephen chow over the years. An extremely talented singer, song writer, composer, director, actor, producer! Though his acting skills need to be worked on, but i guess he'll play this role quite well since he has the serious-cool-emotionless look all the time.