Posted on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Casting someone to play legendary martial artist Bruce Lee isn’t like recasting Captain Kirk or James Bond. This guy isn’t just a cinematic persona that a new actor can try on like a suit – he was a real-deal badass whose cinematic persona was built around the fact that he could take down every last challenger in the room.
So best of luck to Hong Kong-born actor Philip Ng, who has been officially cast in the Bruce Lee not-quite-a-biopic Birth of the Dragon, which is about to begin filming under the direction of The Adjustment Bureau‘s George Nolfi.
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The Bruce Lee biopic called Birth of the Dragon has been in development for a little over a year and now just nabbed a very interesting director. George Nolfi, who wrote and directed The Adjustment Bureau and also wrote Ocean’s Twelve and The Bourne Ultimatum, will direct the film. Birth of the Dragon uses the story of Lee’s real-life fight with a most famous Kung Fu master as a jump off to tell his rise to international superstardom. Read More »
More than one version of Bruce Lee‘s life story has hit the screen, with the most notable dramatized biopic being Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, starring Jason Scott Lee. (There is no relation between the men, despite the common name.)
Now QED International and banner Groundswell Productions plan to re-tell the “origin story” (gag) of Lee through a new film, Birth of the Dragon. The movie will be written by Christopher Wilkinson and Stephen Rivele (Nixon, Ali). The term “origin story” is used in part, it seems, to indicate that this is more like an action film inspired by Lee’s life than an account of his history that is meant to be close to reality. This will be no straight biopic, but something more like Ip Man with a lot more action.
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