Channel News Asia is reporting that Taiwanese singer Jay Chou has been snagged by Columbia Pictures to replace actor Stephen Chow as The Green Hornet‘s sidekick, Kato, in the upcoming big-screen adaptation starring Nicolas Cage and Seth Rogen as the titular Green Hornet.

It’s reported that on Monday, Chou’s close friend, actor Tin Kai Man, blogged that Columbia had picked his friend Chou for the role because he was both a famous star and a fan of the late Bruce Lee. When reporters jumped all over him, Man insisted that “I have my source.”

Chou is currently at work finishing a film he is directing called Pandamen (I can only hope it’s really about Panda Men! πŸ˜‰ ). After that, according to Man, the singer will make tracks for America to get down to Green Hornet business.

UPDATE: Sony Pictures has just made it official! Chou IS Kato!

Said Chou about getting the role:

β€œIt’s an overwhelming experience to take on a role made famous by Bruce Lee. I will try to bring my own interpretation to the part.Β It’s a dream role.”

Equally thrilled is Green Hornet director Michel Gondry:

“Jay is incredibly unique and charming and fights like a wild dog…When I filmed him next to Seth, they had such great chemistry.”

Well, it was only a week or so ago that we reported that Korean actor Kwon Sang-woo was also up to play Kato. Guess we can write that one off as a rumor.

The Green Hornet is slated for a July 9, 2010 release.

Source: Channel News Asia

Update Source: The Wrap