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.