Asian pop star to play Kato in "Green Hornet"

Fri Aug 7, 2009 8:05pm EDT
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By Gregg Kilday

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Asian pop star Jay Chou will team up with Seth Rogen to fight crime in a new film version of "The Green Hornet," to be directed by Michel Gondry.

Chou snapped up the role of Kato, the Green Hornet's sidekick, after Stephen Chow walked away from the Columbia Pictures project last month.

The film, written by Rogen & Evan Goldberg, is based upon "The Green Hornet" radio series created by George W. Trendle. It is slated for release summer 2010.

The Kato role was previously played by martial-arts legend Bruce Lee in a 1974 version.

"It's an overwhelming experience to take on a role made 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," Chou promised.

Born Chou Chieh-Lun in Taiwan in 1979, Chou released his debut album "Jay," combining Eastern and Western musical traditions, in 2000. He moved into acting with a starring role in 2005's "Initial D," a comedy-action hit in China. Other credits include Zhang Yimou's "The Curse of the Golden Flower," as well as "Secret," which marked his directing debut.

(Editing by DGoodman at Reuters)