I used to believe that the Wachowski brothers’ “Ninja Assassin” movie was in fact a live-action version of the Japanese anime “Ninja Scroll”, except they just somehow think replacing the word “Scroll” with “Assassin” just sounded cooler. And indeed, yeah, I guess it does sound a little cooler. At least if you’re the Wachowski brothers. In any case, the bros have added three more names to their cast, which already includes South Korean singer Rain as the lead and Chinese actor Collin Chou from the “Matrix” films.
The new faces include Rick Yune (pictured, above), better known as the Asian Oddjob from the Bond movie “Die Another Day”, as the movie’s antagonist; Brit Naomie Harris (pictured below, “28 Days Later”) as the female lead; and Ben Miles, another Brit who was also in “V for Vendetta”, which was directed by James McTeigue, who will also be directing “Ninja Assassin” for the Wachowskis. The boys themselves will function as writers and producers.
The Hollywood Reporter dives further into the film:
The martial arts extravaganza stars Korean actor-singer Rain, who also appears in the siblings’ “Speed Racer,” as a man brought up in an orphanage functioning as a ninja farm. The man turns his back on his tradition to make his way in the modern world, which brings him into conflict with a ninja (Yune) from the clan.
“Not to give too much away, (but) my character stays within what he was brought up with, and they go up against each other,” Yune said. “I’m not a heavy. The characters are ninjas, they are assassins, and there’s this mix of morality the Wachowskis are exploring.”
So okay, after reading the above, I no longer really think the movie is an adaptation of “Ninja Scroll”, especially since this thing isn’t going to be a Japanese period movie, but in fact will be set in the present day.
It would have been cooler if it was a “Ninja Scroll” adaptation, though…