Zhang Ziyi in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

Today’s sequel-related updates are mostly about casting. After the jump:

  • Ziyi Zhang is in talks for the Crouching Tiger sequel
  • Kurt Russell’s son Wyatt Russell joins 22 Jump Street
  • Martin Starr and others board Dead Snow: Red Vs. Dead
  • Relativity pushes on with a SWAT-themed Act of Valor 2

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The Grandmaster

It feels like we’ve been waiting forever for Wong Kar Wai‘s The Grandmaster, but next month our patience will finally be rewarded. To prepare us for the martial arts epic’s release, The Weinstein Co. has released a new full-length U.S. trailer.

Tony Leung leads the cast as Ip Man, who’s probably best known in the U.S. as the guy who trained Bruce Lee. In the 1930s, when The Grandmaster begins, he’s a happily married man practicing the Wing Chun kung fu form in southern China. He’s challenged to a fight by a martial arts master from the north (Wang Qingxiang), and then later by the man’s daughter (Zhang Ziyi). Watch the new promo after the jump.

The trailer starts out with the same rain-soaked scene we’ve enjoyed in other trailers, but quickly moves on to other, equally dramatic scenes.

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Update: Tom Cruise was being courted for at least six different big Hollywood projects. Out of all the possible projects, the star has chosen the least interesting one. Cruise is in talks to join Cameron Diaz in the 20th Century Fox action-comedy Wichita. Cruise will play an undercover agent who pops in and out of the life of a woman (Diaz) who has man trouble. Cruise and Diaz have approved the script, which most recently was worked on by Scott Frank (The Lookout) and Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island). Directed by Walk the Line/3:10 to Yuma helmer James Mangold, Fox hopes to have the film in theaters for a Summer 2010 release.
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The Horsemen Movie Trailer

The Horsemen

I’m not sure why there’s been so little word about Jonas Akerlund’s The Horsemen. Judging from this trailer, it looks like a decent enough B-level thriller that could work well in theaters on a slow weekend. Oh yah, and it stars Dennis Quaid and Ziyi Zhang—not exactly unknowns.
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