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The Green Hornet trailer

TheGreenHornet.jpgI don't really know what to make of The Green Hornet trailer that's arrived online. On the one side Seth Rogen does look like he's backed off from his usual performances to do something a little different, but on the other side there still are a couple of jokes that look like the standard character and comedy.

The plot seems pretty interesting, although I'm not entirely sure why all the Green Hornet gear was there before the Green Hornet, perhaps that will be explained in the film.

Finally there's Kato, and a very strong reason why Stephen Chow might not have wanted to make this film.

Reading the blurb, which goes below, you might be forgiven for thinking it is pretty much stock stuff, and to be honest watching the trailer does much of the same. Although to be fair the effects look good. Here's the blurb:

Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) is the son of LA's most prominent and respected media magnate and perfectly happy to maintain a directionless existence on the party scene - until his father (Tom Wilkinson) mysteriously dies, leaving Britt his vast media empire. Striking an unlikely friendship with one of his father's more industrious and inventive employees, Kato (Jay Chou), they see their chance to do something meaningful for the first time in their lives: fight crime. But in order to do this, they decide to become criminals themselves - protecting the law by breaking it, Britt becomes the vigilante The Green Hornet as he and Kato hit the streets.

Using all his ingenuity and skill, Kato builds the ultimate in advanced retro weaponry, The Black Beauty, an indestructible car equal parts firepower and horsepower. Rolling in a mobile fortress on wheels and striking the bad guys with Kato's clever gadgets, The Green Hornet and Kato quickly start making a name for themselves, and with the help of Britt's new secretary, Lenore Case (Cameron Diaz), they begin hunting down the man who controls LA's gritty underworld: Benjamin Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz). But Chudnofsky has plans of his own: to swat down The Green Hornet once and for all.

The biggest problem I see here is if Seth Rogen can play someone other than Seth Rogen, and if he does play the same character then he'll be playing the dolt getting everything wrong while Kato puts everything right in the background and Britt Reid claims all the credit.

Yes, we've seen that story before, but will this version of The Green Hornet bring something newer and interesting? I'm now wondering if this is why Stephen Chow left the production first as director, then secondly as actor for Kato. It's not looking like The Green Hornet show that Bruce Lee once starred in.

What do you think of the new trailer? You can also see it over at Yahoo Movies.




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