Jay Chou Wants Edison Chen and Shawn Yue Back for “Initial D” Sequel
Taiwanese singer/actor Jay Chou (周杰倫) is preparing to commence filming for Initial D 2 <頭文字D2>, the sequel to his 2005 Hong Kong action thriller Initial D <頭文字D>. Director Andrew Lau (劉偉強), who also helmed the first installment, confirmed that Hong Kong actor Edison Chen (陳冠希) will reprise his role as well.
Since 2006, rumors have circulated regarding a sequel for Initial D, which was adapted from the Japanese manga and anime series of the same name. The earliest reports claimed that Jay himself would direct Initial D 2. However, there has been no confirmation on the final cast, and director Andrew Lau previously shared that the only details he could reveal were that Jay and Edison would return.
Recently, Jay posted a photograph of himself next to a white Toyota AE86, with a message directed at Hong Kong actor Shawn Yue (余文樂), one of his costars in Initial D: “My AE86 is ready. [Shawn], what about you?” Shawn then took a screen capture of the post and published it on his Instagram account, saying, “I just received the post that Jay sent to me! If I film [the sequel], will you all really go watch?”
Apart from Shawn, other actors that Jay is rumored to be considering are Hong Kong actor/singer Ekin Cheng (鄭伊健), Japanese actress Wakana Matsumoto (松本若菜), mainland Chinese actor Chen Daoming (陳道明), and Hong Kong actor Simon Yam (任達華). Hong Kong actor Anthony Wong (黃秋生), who portrayed Jay’s father in Initial D, is also on the list.
Initial D told the story of how tofu-delivery driver Takumi Fujiwara (Jay Chou) becomes an experienced auto racer. Along the way, he befriends fellow racer Ryosuke Takahashi (Edison Chen) and joins his racing team at the end of the movie. It is currently unknown how the storyline of Initial D 2 will pick up from the first installment.
This article is written by Joanna for JayneStars.com.