Donnie Yen to Star in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” Sequel
Although Donnie Yen (甄子丹) may not appear in Ip Man 3 <葉問 3>, fans will be delighted to learn that he will play the male lead in the sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon <臥虎藏龍>.
The Weinstein Company announced at the Cannes Film Festival that the Crouching Tiger sequel would begin filming in March 2014. The storyline will be adapted from the book Iron Knight, Silver Vase <鐵騎銀瓶>, written by novelist Wang Dulu (王度廬). This book is the fifth installment in Wang’s wuxia-romance pentalogy, the Crane Iron Series <鶴鐵系列>, and its story focuses on events that happen in the generation after that of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
Although Donnie’s exact role has not yet been decided, the production studio confirmed that he will portray the film’s male lead. Also joining the cast is Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh (楊紫瓊), who will reprise her character, Yu Xiulian, from the first movie.
Director Ang Lee (李安), who won an Oscar nomination for Best Director due to his work on Crouching Tiger, will not be returning to direct the sequel. Rather, the film will be helmed by director and martial arts choreographer Yuen Woo Ping (袁和平), who did the choreography work for the first movie.
“I extremely like Ang Lee’s movies,” said Harvey Weinstein, one of the founders and chairmen of The Weinstein Company, during the announcement on Thursday. “But we believe that this movie will be equally wonderful in the hands of Yuen Woo Ping.”
Crouching Tiger grossed $128 million USD in the United States, making it the highest-grossing foreign-language film in American history. It was nominated for ten Oscars at the 73rd Academy Awards and won four, including Best Foreign Language Film. More details about the sequel will be revealed at the Cannes Film Festival.
This article is written by Joanna for JayneStars.com.