Harvey Weinstein Denies Andy Lau Will Replace Donnie Yen in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2”

By on January 18, 2014 in Movies

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After waiting 14 years, Hollywood producer, David Thwaites, finally announced that they will begin production for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2 <卧虎藏龍2:鐵騎銀瓶>. Originally scheduled to have filming commence in early March, the shooting has been moved to May due to negotiations on casting.

Almost immediately, the general public began speculating that the Hollywood producers have hit a dead end with lead star Donnie Yen (甄子丹). It was rumored that Donnie wanted 30 million RMB as compensation and the producers did not agree to it, replacing Donnie with Andy Lau (劉德華) instead.

However, the production company Harvey Weinstein issued an official press release stating that Donnie Yen and Michelle Yeoh (楊紫瓊) are the official leads of the movie and all other casting speculations are false.

Despite having a small budget, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was an international success, drawing in over $213 million at the box offices. It went on to winning the Best Foreign Language Film title at the Academy Awards. Naturally, due to its success, Donnie admitted that there is slight pressure to keep the film up to the standards of its predecessor. Due to Donnie’s successful track record as an action star, many have confidence that he is a good fit with this upcoming sequel.

Donnie disclosed that he is not looking for an individual breakthrough performance for his role in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2, but rather, he insists that maintaining the quality of the film is most important.

Sources: ihktv.com; Sina.com

This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com.

6 comments to Harvey Weinstein Denies Andy Lau Will Replace Donnie Yen in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2”

  1. Panzer says:

    Ugh, might as well call it Ip man vs Ego, cause that is what it will be with Donnie in it.
    No desire to see this film whatsoever. If they did replace him with Andy Lau, that would only slightly raise my desire to “wait till it shows up on Netflix”.
    Anything the weinsteins touch or look at turns to crap.

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    • yuaida replied:

      Well, either guy in the film wouldn’t make much of a difference cause a lot of people are so sick of both of their movies………Chinese movies need some new faces and new blood.

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  2. DooK says:

    I respect Donnie’s career choices but he shouldn’t have agreed to star in this. No need for a sequel to a movie that isn’t even that good imho. Andy Lau in Yen’s role would have been worse (no offense).

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  3. lemongrass says:

    Michelle Yeoh in a mother character?

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  4. shiok says:

    why chow yun fat not mention as the cast or lead? i believe they use chi tan as he is more famous in US than andy lau or tony leung.. if jet li is doing OK in health,,i believe jet might have a chance also…maggie cheung has potential too

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    • Funn Lim replied:

      Isn’t this a sequel? If this is, Chow Yun Fatt’s Li Mu Bai died in the first film. How can he return? As the twin brother plot?

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