Van Damme & Michelle Yeoh Join the Kung Fu Panda Sequel
by Ethan Anderton
May 25, 2010
After hearing that the fantastic Gary Oldman would be joining the cast of Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom as the film's villain, a peacock, who we now know is named Lord Shen, DreamWorks Animation has announced more talent for the animated action bonanza which will now be released on May 27th, 2011 (Memorial Day weekend). Action stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and Michelle Yeoh have joined along with Victor Garber (Milk, "Eli Stone") to provide voices for 3 new characters: Yeoh plays a goat known as The Soothsayer, and Van Damme & Garber will play Master Croc & Master Thundering Rhino, respectively.
Producer Melissa Cobb states: "In the sequel, Po goes on an amazing personal journey and we are thrilled to have assembled such a talented and well-respected group of actors to bring to life our new characters, who – alongside our returning cast – play such a critical role in Po's quest and his ultimate triumph over the forces of evil." She doesn't mention any specifics of this journey but so far we've heard two different plot points for the sequel. One says follows Po and The Furious Five must vanquish a new weapon that threatens to destroy kung fu, while the other says it follows Po's search for other pandas (sounds like that "personal journey") and his run-in with a group of bandits (who maybe are the ones with the aforementioned weapon).
Both of these could easily be part of the overall story, but we'll just have to wait and see once a more official plot synopsis comes out. This is definitely my most anticipated new DreamWorks movie that's in the works and the cast just keeps getting better. Bring it on! In the meantime, I may go fire up Kung Fu Panda again.