Street Fighter: Legend of Chun-Li Full Cast Announced
Finally after first announcing the Street Fighter movie back in October of 2006, a full cast has been secured. Kristin Kreuk was previously confirmed as Chun-Li in the movie titled after her character - Street Fighter: Legend of Chun-Li. Now Michael Clarke Duncan, Chris Klein, Rick Yune, Moon Bloodgood, Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas, Singapore's Edmund Chen and Hong Kong film star Cheng Pei Pei have all joined the cast as well. With a line-up like that, I've got a good feeling this is destined to suck.
"Smallville's" Kreuk will play the lead character Chun-Li. Michael Clarke Duncan will play boxing champion Balrog. American Pie's Chris Klein will play Air Force lieutenant Charlie aka Nash. Die Another Day's Rick Yune will play the mystical master assassin Gen. And Moon Bloodgood, Taboo, Edmund Chen, Cheng Pei Pei will fill unannounced roles, but I expect them to fill in the remaining Street Fighter characters like Ryu, Ken, Guile, Cammy, or Ibuki. Although that is only speculation at the moment on the last four, I'm sure their exact characters will be confirmed soon. However, M. Bison, the film's main villain, still has not been cast yet.
We previously said that the movie was Doom-ed (pun intended) to suck when it was announced that the terrible director Andrzej Bartkowiak, of Romeo Must Die, Exit Wounds, Cradle 2 the Grave, and yes, Doom, was attached. The script was penned by first-time feature screenwriter Justin Marks. Filming is set to begin in March in Bangkok, Hong Kong and Vancouver. Hong Kong fight choreographer Dion Lam, who previously worked on The Matrix Trilogy, Spider-Man 2, and all of Bartkowiak's films, is handling the fight sequences.
Street Fighter is a very touchy subject for a few people. Either they're hardcore fans of the games and Hollywood almost always butchers video game adaptations to hell. Or they've got an absolute hatred for the 1994 Street Fighter movie that starred Jean-Claude Van Damme. Either way, there is a lot of bad blood coming into this movie from the start and they'll have to prove everyone that this could be good or it's destined to be a flop (like Doom). As of right now, I'm not too confident.
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