[Update] Stephen Chow Out Of The Green Hornet

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 22nd, 2013 at 6:45 pm,

[UPDATE: Stephen Chow is now officially out of The Green Hornet. Bottom of the post for details.]

With Seth Rogen on-board to star, and Michel Gondry attached to direct, the only definite role (beyond an unnamed female role that Cameron Diaz is rumored for) that’s still to be filled in The Green Hornet is of his sidekick, Kato. Played in the original TV series by legendary martial artist, Bruce Lee, it had been assumed up until now that Kung Fu Hustle star Stephen Chow was going to be that guy.

This assumption was made because he was once attached to both star as Kato and direct the film – but before long it was announced that he walked away from the behind the camera role, resulting in Gondry coming on-board for directing duties. However, there was nothing to definitely indicate that Chow would not still be playing the sidekick in The Green Hornet.

However, with a recently released casting call for the role of Kato (courtesy of SpoilerTV), Chow’s involvement looks like it may be dubious:

“[KATO] ALL ASIAN ETHNICITIES, Male, 20′s – early 40′s. Brit Reid’s manservant/chauffeur by day and Green Hornet’s martial arts-skilled sidekick by night sptv050769. Actor doesn’t have to have Martial Arts experience.”

Out with the debate over just why the casting call is so vague and unspecific – the huge age gap, the indifference to whether the actor needs martial arts experience for a role that involves martial arts – the general question arises of why would they even put out a casting call if Chow was going to be playing Kato?

stephen chow1 [Update] Stephen Chow Out Of The Green Hornet

Stephen Chow in ‘Kung Fu Hustle’

With the direction they seem to be going with for The Green Hornet movie – that is, action mixed with comedy – I would say that Chow is the perfect candidate to portray Kato. He has martial arts experience (again, I really don’t know why the casting call doesn’t call for this specifically), he can do the action-comedy thing (just look at Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle), he’s got great charisma for what I imagine this modern take on the character is going to call for, and I also think he and Rogen would be a good fit. I really hope this casting call is just a precaution, and Chow eventually does play the role of Kato.

UPDATE: Well, no such luck. Stephen Chow is now OFFICIALLY off of The Green Hornet due to scheduling conflicts.

Here’s what Columbia Pictures had to say about Chow’s departure from the film:

There was a mutual and amicable decision by both sides to move on…We are out now to cast a new Kato and remain fully committed to Michel Gondry’s exciting vision for the film, which will begin production this September.”

Since Chow is no longer in the role, who else would you like to see play Green Hornet’s sidekick?

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

Sources: SpoilerTV via /Film

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  1. @ken j
    the fighting in ip man was indeed way better… Hey did you know some other dude is making an ip man movie aswell… Wonder if its like from someone else’s pov of ip mans story.

  2. It’s too bad about Chow. He’s a great director for kunf-fu movies.

  3. Ok, that’s it! I couldn’t wait for my co-worker to order Ip Man, so I ordered it from YesAsia. I thought Fearless was great but if Ip Man is better, I just have to have it.

  4. Okay no Chow hun? Maybe Tony Jaa cause that will be the only saving grace for your Film Rogen!!

  5. @jago, yah, I’ve heard of that, but since they don’t have Donnie Yen, it probably won’t be as good.

    Well, if you read the history of Ip Man, you’ll see that the movie Ip Man was really WAY off, lol. But it was for dramatic purposes… He didn’t even have a family when he was in China, lol.

    So the other movie could either be more accurate, or just be another dramatized version.

  6. I dont know cast tony jaa that might work , but i really think they should scrap the idea.

  7. What about Mark Dacascos for Kato?! he would be perfect to play the role once played by the great Bruce Lee. And whats the deal with “Actor doesn’t have to have Martial Arts experience.” ??????

  8. I agree, Mark Dacascos would be great – whether they chose to do straight action or do a humorous slant.

    And they may not require martial arts experience, but Mark definitely has it!

  9. @dafadge:Jaa has the action that will draw folks in just hope Rogen can craft a story that can utilize the talent
    @Meretean/DJ:True,Mark got good acting chops so why not Donnie Yen?and no Martial art Exp? Rogen smoke too many Doobies

  10. Jet Li is the best choice to play Kato. Who else could pull it off!

  11. Without Stephen, it doesnt seem to be as good, come on now, tony jaa and donnie seems okay, but i think stephen is the best

  12. if they do not put a famous person like stephen. i don’t think the film will be successful. i was looking to see chow, but if not, i don’t know if i will be interested anymore.

  13. now seen the trailor jay chou is kato a pity cause steven chow was the better choice