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Harry Shum Jr Steps Up to CROUCHING TIGER

Glee-s-Harry-Shum--Jr--to-star-in-new-superhero-web-series-Caper-1349421854Harry Shum Jr (Glee,  Step Up 3D) is joining the cast as one of the leads of the sequel to CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON.

THR reports that “the movie is set 20 years after the events of Crouching Tiger and revolves around four heroes of the martial arts world — Silent Wolf, Yu Shu-lien, Tie-Fang and Snow Vase — who must use their courage and skills to keep the legendary sword Green Destiny from the hands of the villainous Hades Dai.”  Shum will play Tie-Fang.

Donnie-YenDonnie Yen also stars as Silent Wolf. Yen is a martial arts superstar, and “is coming off of the well-received 3D film ‘Monkey King,’ which set a Chinese box office record for ticket sales in a single day by grossing over $41 million.” [NTF]

Michelle Yeoh in a scene from CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, 2000.Michelle Yeoh returns as Yu Shu-lien, her role from the original Crouching Tiger, a performance that earned her a BAFTA nomination as Best Actress.

John Fusco (Young Guns, Hidalgo, Thunderheart) wrote the script based on the final book in the Crane-Iron Pentalogy  series entitled “Iron Knight, Silver Vase” by wuxia novelist Wang Dulu. Fusco has been active in Asia, creating the new Netflix longform Marco Polo, and penning the Jet Li-Jackie Chan film The Forbidden Kingdom. Slashfilm reports that the new film will “bring in plenty of new characters as well, as Fusco explains. ‘This introduces a new generation of star-crossed lovers, and a new series of antagonists in a battle of good and evil. It has a Knights Errant quality. There is an alternate universe in the books, a martial forest that exists alongside the real world, full of wandering sword fighters, medicine men, defrocked priests, poets, sorcerers and Shaolin renegades,'” says Fusco.

Legendary action director Master Yuen Woo-Ping will choreograph the fight sequences and direct. Yuen was action choreographer on the original Crouching Tiger, as well as the  Matrix trilogy, both parts of Kill Bill, and The Grandmaster.