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Well if you weren’t already excited for the sequel to “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”, you have absolutely no excuses now. Besides the fact that renowned Chinese martial arts director/fight choreographer Yuen Woo-ping (who has provided action choreography for everything from the “Matrix” movies to every notable Chinese films in the last 20 years or so) has signed on to direct the film (replacing Ronnie Yu, who was originally attached to direct), The Weinstein Company officially announced today that Michelle Yeoh is reprising her role from the first film.
And oh yeah, Donnie Yen is onboard, too. Damn.
Officially titled “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Destiny”, the film will be an official sequel to the 2000 Ang Lee martial arts actioner, with Woo-ping directing from a script by John Fusco (“The Forbidden Kingdom”). Not surprisingly, Woo-ping was also the one who choreographed all the action in Lee’s movie, so I guess you could say he’s no stranger to the series.
Also no stranger to the “Crouching Tiger” universe is Michelle Yeoh, who will return as Yu Shu Lien. In the first movie, Yeoh’s character teamed up with Chow Yun Fat to battle thieves seeking to steal the famous Green Destiny sword. Yeoh will be joined on the sequel by martial arts superstar Donnie Yen (“Ip Man”), who will play Silent Wolf.
John Fusco will adapt the film, based on “Iron Knight, Silver Vase” by Wang Du Lu, book 5 in the “Crane-Iron Pentalogy” series, the same source material as the first movie.
“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Destiny” is still a long ways off, though, with production expected to kick off sometime in March of 2014 on location in Asia.
Yeoh recently starred in Luc Besson’s “The Lady”, but showed she still had the asskicking skills in 2010’s “Reign of Assassins”. Yen, of course, recently tore it up in the “Ip Man” films, and has the CG-heavy martial arts fantasy “The Monkey King” in the pipeline.