Rogen Finds His KATO!

Seth-Rogan_1448804iCULVER CITY, Calif., August 7, 2009 – After a worldwide search, Jay
Chou, the multi-hyphenate singer-actor and a star throughout Asia, has
joined the cast of Michel Gondry’s The Green Hornet in the iconic role
of Kato, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach,
presidents of Columbia Pictures.

Michel Gondry, the film’s director, added, “Jay is incredibly unique and
charming and fights like a wild dog! When I filmed him next to Seth,
they had such great chemistry, and I knew the movie will be great.”

Chou said, “It’s an overwhelming experience to take on a role made217857_600
famous by Bruce Lee.  I won’t try to be Bruce Lee’s Kato – I will try to
bring my own interpretation to the part.  Of course, it’s a dream role,
and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

A classic character of film, television, radio, and comic books returns
to the big screen in Columbia Pictures’ feature film The Green Hornet,
starring Seth Rogen as the vigilante crime-fighter.  The film will be
directed by Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) from a
screenplay written by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg (Superbad, Pineapple
Express), based upon “The Green Hornet” radio series created by George
W. Trendle, and produced by Neal H. Moritz (The Fast and the Furious).
The film is slated for release summer 2010.

A pop-star phenomenon throughout Asia, JAY CHOU brings unexpected
gravity and depth to his acting roles.  Born Chou Chieh-Lun in Taiwan,
1979, Chou began playing the piano at age four. His mother supported his
musical gifts and he went on to master piano and cello. Music,
songwriting, and basketball dominated his high school days, and he was
first noticed in 1998 when a friend sang one of his pop compositions on
a TV talent contest, accompanied by Jay on piano. Alfa Music launched
Jay’s career, first as a tunesmith and then as a singer. In 2000, his
debut album “Jay” quickly propelled him to stardom with numerous hits.
His unique musical style is a fresh-sounding fusion of eastern and
western traditions featuring strong lyrics and a personal style of
storytelling.

With his soulful voice and infectious tunes, his second album,
“Fantasy,” and seven subsequent albums, have continued to win legions of
fans young and old throughout Asia. He has been the best-selling
Mandarin artist in the world for the past nine years, with a busy
performance schedule touring Asia and North America and numerous music
industry awards.

Apart from many music videos, Jay began film acting in a starring role
in Initial D (2005), a comedy-action hit in China.  In 2006, he starred
opposite Chow Yun-Fat and Gong Li in Zhang Yimou’s The Curse of the
Golden Flower.  Since then, he starred in Kung Fu Dunk, and made his
directorial debut and starred in Secret.  He will next be seen in the
Chinese film Ci Ling and in Yuen Woo-Ping’s True Legend.

About Ryan Davis

Ryan is the Founder of Lost in Reviews, a member of The Kansas City Film Critic's Circle, and a key component in the movement to digitally restore the 1986 classic film The Gate. Ryan is also the co-host of Blu Monday a DVD and Blu Ray review show which Lost in Reviews co-founder Angela Davis also appears. While he may be a film and music snob, that doesn't mean you can't be friends. Well it could if you don't like the same bands or films he does, overall it might be best to avoid the subject all together.

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