Rain to Awaken the Dragon?
Kurt Sutter is a writing genius, the man behind the amazing The Shield, and the almost as powerful and equally intriguing Sons of Anarchy, he's been turning his hand to film, and a remake of Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon no less. Now if it had been anyone else I'd have baulked, but since we heard this back in 2007 I've been intrigued.
So today a rumour has appeared for the casting that has me very interested, for the role of the lead character in the new version, Awaken the Dragon, they may well be casting the huge Korean star, soon to be seen in Ninja Assassin, Rain.
The film is called Awaken the Dragon and when Kurt Sutter first talked about the film he described it as:
"I'm a huge noir fan, and this plot lends itself to the film I want to make...I wanted to set it in these underground fight clubs where the action is really raw and expose the brutality of Shaolin kung fu. This will be more 'Raging Bull' than 'Crouching Tiger' in its viciousness."
The original Enter the Dragon starred the legendary Bruce Lee as a martial artist who is pulled in by an agency to join a martial arts fighting tournament being held on the island of a crime boss suspected of running a huge drug smuggling operation.
Now Sutter is rewriting it he's planning on modernising the story and making it about an FBI agent who is chasing after the Shaolin monk who has entered the world of underground martial arts fighting.
Latino Review have the rumour that Rain is the man set to join the production in the lead saying that the studio are so excited by his performance in Ninja Assassin that they've pushed him forward for the role.
No word yet on the official statement, but it sounds like a strong cast, and the word from their source is that a leading American actor is set to be taken into the lead role of the agent.
I have to say this is sounding really interesting, and it's mainly from the fact that Sutter is rewriting it, he's a clever writer and manages to weave some wonderful stories, strong and realistic characters facing tough moral decisions, and pushing their paths together in some explosive scenes.
I have to admit I'm keen to see this made.