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.
Reader Feedback - 11 Comments
With Jean-Claude Van Damme, this is going to be bad ass!
Gill on May 25, 2010
A W E S O M E
Xerxex on May 25, 2010
Jean-Claude may not be able to act, but if he can talk.. he can do voice acting! YAAAY! Lol. This is either going to be an awesome train wreck or a work of art coated in liquified genius.
Hedgehog on May 25, 2010
VAN DAMME! I love that guy
Sharlto on May 25, 2010
Oh great Jean-Claude is gonna Van Damage this! no Skadoosh for Van Damme!
Jimmy Love on May 25, 2010
Yaaayyyy! can't wait!
cyn on May 25, 2010
VANDAM CAN ACT, ffs, I've seen most of his movies, and in many of them there was no way to acualy "play it" but there was a few moments that he shows that he CAN act. You can say that lundgren or segal cant act, that is true but vandam is difrentt, dont act like counts and dont talk trash about him just becouse he play in shity movies...
gfdgd on May 26, 2010
Gary Oldman is voicing...I AM IN. Can you guys believe he still has not appeared on Inside The Actor's Studio? Please support the effort to get him on the show! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6ZupVH6qs0 #7 I am sorry, but Van Damme is not a great actor. Dolph is WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY better than him. Go watch Universal Soldier 1 and Regeneration and tell me who is the better actor. Van Damme has a unique quality, which ain't great acting. HH
Have Hope on May 26, 2010
I am Glad JVCD joined the cast, i am a truly huge fan of him since i was a little kid.
Fisherr on May 26, 2010
For the "Jean Claude can't act" comments... I don't mind admitting that I wasn't very impressed with all of his cookie-cutter action flicks when I was growing up; the guy has been blessed athletically though! BUT, 'JCVD' was amazingly surprising for me. I thought he did a fantastic job, it ended up being one of my favorite movies for 2008. I think that movie has opened him up to a lot of new opportunities; I don't even know the guy personally, but I'm happy for him.
M. Sri on May 26, 2010
where is that picture at the top from?
Brian Barajas on May 26, 2010
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