Green Hornet Production Start & Casting Additions

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 8:23 am,

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Over the weekend, news broke that the upcoming adaptation of The Green Hornet was being pushed back to allow for more post-production time. The five-month delay, which moves the film from its original Summer release to a holiday opening a week before Christmas, sure isn’t slowing down production of the film.

In recent weeks, we’ve heard about several casting decisions for the Seth Rogen-starrer including that of Cameron Diaz, Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica) and Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou taking over the role as Green Hornet’s side-kick, Kato. More recently, there’s been two more additions to the growing cast of talented and recognizable stars: Tom Wilkinson and David Harbour.

The official press release is as follows:

CULVER CITY, Calif., September 2, 2009 – 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 (Superbad, Knocked Up) as the vigilante crime-fighter. Production is underway on the Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) helmed film, which is produced by Neal H. Moritz (I Am Legend, The Fast and the Furious) and executive produced by Michael Grillo (The Accidental Tourist), Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg (Superbad, Pineapple Express), Ori Marmur (Evan Almighty) and George W. Trendle, Jr. The screenplay is by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg, based upon “The Green Hornet” radio series created by George W. Trendle and shoots entirely in Los Angeles. The film is set for release December 17, 2010.

In addition to Rogen, the film also stars Taiwanese actor-pop star Jay Chou as Kato, Cameron Diaz (Charlie’s Angels, What Happens in Vegas), Edward James Olmos (“Battlestar Galactica”), David Harbour (Revolutionary Road) and Tom Wilkinson (Valkyrie). Nicolas Cage is also in negotiations to appear in the film.

Academy Award®-nominee John Schwartzman (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian) is the director of photography. Production designer is Owen Paterson (The Matrix Revolutions), Kym Barrett (Speed Racer) serves as costume designer and Michael Tronick (Mr. & Mrs. Smith) is editing.

The announcement confirms Olmos’ and Diaz’s involvement with the film as well as Cage’s likely casting. As for David Harbour (who had a role in this year’s State of Play where he played the insider of PointCorp) and the talented Tom Wilkinson, we do not yet know what roles they will have in the movie.

It looks to me now the movie is able to sell itself on the cast alone – something that will ease the film over skepticism and allow it to pull in a large holiday audience regardless. I just hope the movie is good.

The good news is that the film (now directed by Michel Gondry), troubled with casting issues, a director change and now the delay, finally has begun production as of yesterday, September 2nd.

What do you think of the casting choices?

Green Hornet opens at its newly-scheduled date of December 17, 2010.

Sources: Latino Review

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  1. Very simple….it begins and ends with Rogen. As a long time Hornet fan ( 30 plus years) the tasteless and elementary Rogen has no business being anywhere near this. Many Hornet fans have been waiting for the day the Green Hornet would be brought back to life on the big screen. Well……we will still be waiting and I will never see the treatment it deserves it in my lifetime. Such a sad, sad state of affairs. RIP Green Hornet. “Observe and Report 2: The Green Hornet” Please Mr. Wilkinson….re-consider your film choices.

  2. I’m going to have to wait for Vic’s review before even thinking about seeing this. Unlike Tim, I’ve never seen the Hornet show but like Tim, I think Rogen is a hack and I fear he will be the downfall of the movie.

  3. Cloverfield,
    I could not have said it better myself.
    This film deserved a Coppola and Steranko. Not a witless hack like Rogen (think I’m hard on Rogen? His body of work speaks for itself).What a slap to the fans. And I’m almost ashamed that Van Williams is alive to see this.

  4. I’m not a Rogan hater like most,but who the hell greenlit this project?

    Unless Seth Rogan can pull a Micheal Keaton(when everyone thought that he wouldn’t make a good Batman,then ended up not being that bad at all),this film is doomed to fail.

  5. WTF!?!? I’m sorry. I have nothing at all against Seth Rogen and he was fine in his “comedy” films. But there is NO WAY this is going to be a good movie with him as the lead or even playing an extra in the background! I honestly thought this was one big prank/rumor that couldn’t POSSIBLY be true.

    I was very excited to hear that this movie was made as I’ve enjoyed this character for over 30 years now and especially the television show that starred Bruce Lee. Now, i’m dissapointed beyond belief that the Director could be so blind as to think that this will work. Why don’t they make a movie called “Super Knocked up Zack and Miri make a porno” and put him in it. Leave the comic book action movies to the big boys.

  6. Bravo Tye! And to Longshanks…..Mr. Keaton is a talent and he has proven that over and over with his perfomances. As this Rogen has proved he is simply a HACK….over and over by his body of ummm…. errr… ehhh “work”. Kahless the wise nailed it as well!

  7. Rocket speaks the truth….Mr. Williams is still alive and I feel ashamed I was being selfish and did not think about his feelings. I love the truth seekers and tellers in Screen Rant. Praise to you all!