Hollywood Snitch is reporting that Edward James Olmos has joined the cast of the upcoming comic book film, The Green Hornet. If this news is true, he joins the already-announced Seth Rogen (playing the titled character), Jay Chou (playing Kato, replacing Stephen Chow), Nicolas Cage (playing the film's villain) and Cameron Diaz (playing some sort of reporter/love interest). The film is being directed by Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), and written by Rogen and his Superbad co-writer, Evan Goldberg.
"I'm on my way to do 'The Green Hornet,'... It'll be a lot of fun with Seth [Rogen], Nicolas Cage and Cameron Diaz."
Basically this just tells us he's got some sort of part, but it could be anything from a cameo to a major supporting part. My guess is it'll be somewhere in-between those two extremes. I would have said he's the villain (to me he just has that look), but it was already revealed a little while ago that Cage will be fulfilling that duty.
A couple of side characters from the original Green Hornet series are, "a bombastic former policeman," and an, "irascible city editor of The Daily Sentinel." Could Olmos be one of those two? Who knows. This situation kind of echoes the one with Cage as the villain - we don't really know much about him other than he's some sort of gangster who's not over-the-top and is scary. Why all the secrecy, guys?! :P
More news on Olmos' involvement as it gets released. For now: what do you think of this potential piece of casting?
The Green Hornet is scheduled to hit theaters on July 9th, 2010.
Sources: Hollywood Snitch via /Film