Singer Rain to Star in the Wachowskis’ Ninja Assassin

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Looks like it’s going to start raining in Hollywood. Or, er, Rain, anyway. The South Korean singer (real name Jeong Ji-hoon) will be making his Hollywood debut in the Wachowski Brothers’ upcoming “Speed Racer”, where he apparently made such an impression that the duo have casted him as the lead in their new actioner “Ninja Assassin”, to be directed by James McTeigue.

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The 26-year-old, real name Jeong Ji-hoon, will star in “Ninja Assassin,” an action flick directed by James McTeigue, the William Morris Agency (WMA) said.

“This is such a huge opportunity for me. It seems like a dream,” Rain told journalists here.

Scheduled to begin shooting later this year, the movie will be jointly produced by Joel Silver and the Wachowski brothers.

Director James McTeigue previously directed “V for Vendetta” for the Wachowskis, and also did some re-shoots for them when they were brought onboard to “re-work” the sci-fi movie “The Invasion” for producer Joel Silver.

For those who don’t know the name, Rain is a mega star in South Korea and most of Asia.

Singer Rain to Star in the Wachowskis’ Ninja Assassin

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  • jeremy

    Rain cannot act. His accent is obnoxious — he sounds like he has Down Syndrome. What kind of a stupid name is Rain anyways? Was he an aspiring pornstar before he decided to pollute the airwaves with his bad music?

  • jeremy

    Rain cannot act. His accent is obnoxious — he sounds like he has Down Syndrome. What kind of a stupid name is Rain anyways? Was he an aspiring pornstar before he decided to pollute the airwaves with his bad music?

  • http://www.comptechgadgets.blogspot.com/ Ashish Kalmegh

    I am eager to see this movie . But in India it is yet to come it will release here on 27th nov

  • http://www.comptechgadgets.blogspot.com Ashish Kalmegh

    I am eager to see this movie . But in India it is yet to come it will release here on 27th nov

  • Food B

    It’s unfortunate to see all this rain bashing. I’m not a fan of Rain but you have to give people credit where credit is due. Rain may not have produced a hit single on Korean music charts but he was never meant to be a great singer. I believe he started out in the industry as a “back up dancer.” Just as no one expects Justin Timberlake to ever have a great singing career, Rain is known for his skills in dancing. And his accent is something inevitable for someone who has lived all his life in Korea and learned to speak English from a speaking coach of some sort. There is no reason why someone like Rain who is trying to test his boundaries and better himself. I don’t think we watched Jackie Chan or Jet Li movies because they spoke perfect English.

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

      I don’t care about him either way but comparing a pop star to actual martial artists in martial arts movies isn’t the same. He’s good and granted his fights will be better than an average actor since his dancing background helped him learn the fight coreography better, but he’s no Jackie Chan or Jet Li. I was very impressed with what I saw though.

  • Food B

    It’s unfortunate to see all this rain bashing. I’m not a fan of Rain but you have to give people credit where credit is due. Rain may not have produced a hit single on Korean music charts but he was never meant to be a great singer. I believe he started out in the industry as a “back up dancer.” Just as no one expects Justin Timberlake to ever have a great singing career, Rain is known for his skills in dancing. And his accent is something inevitable for someone who has lived all his life in Korea and learned to speak English from a speaking coach of some sort. There is no reason why someone like Rain who is trying to test his boundaries and better himself. I don’t think we watched Jackie Chan or Jet Li movies because they spoke perfect English.

    • Dedpool

      I don’t care about him either way but comparing a pop star to actual martial artists in martial arts movies isn’t the same. He’s good and granted his fights will be better than an average actor since his dancing background helped him learn the fight coreography better, but he’s no Jackie Chan or Jet Li. I was very impressed with what I saw though.

  • Food B

    Meant to say that there is no reason for someone who is trying to further his career to be put down and scorned.

    • Charlie

      So it’s okay for South Koreans to criticize others, but it’s not okay for foreigners to criticize South Koreans trying to break into their home countries’ markets? Give it a rest.

      People are criticizing Rain because of his arrogance and obvious lack of talent. He’s not even star material because he has no charisma whatsoever.

      Get over yourself.

      • Americanwoman

        Sorry, I’m just now reading this. However, I’m American AND I liked the movie AND I don’t work for Jung Ji Hoon.

  • Food B

    Meant to say that there is no reason for someone who is trying to further his career to be put down and scorned.

    • Charlie

      So it’s okay for South Koreans to criticize others, but it’s not okay for foreigners to criticize South Koreans trying to break into their home countries’ markets? Give it a rest.

      People are criticizing Rain because of his arrogance and obvious lack of talent. He’s not even star material because he has no charisma whatsoever.

      Get over yourself.

  • alvin

    Rain is a terrible “singer” and “actor”. He’s also an arrogant prick. He started comparing himself to Bruce Lee. Sorry, no. Bruce Lee actually mastered martial arts and would thus beat the shit out of him. Ninja Assassin was awful — bad story, bad acting, and bad action that looks totally fake. He’s not an action star, just some douchebag poser who thinks he’s God’s gift to humanity.

  • alvin

    Rain is a terrible “singer” and “actor”. He’s also an arrogant prick. He started comparing himself to Bruce Lee. Sorry, no. Bruce Lee actually mastered martial arts and would thus beat the shit out of him. Ninja Assassin was awful — bad story, bad acting, and bad action that looks totally fake. He’s not an action star, just some douchebag poser who thinks he’s God’s gift to humanity.