'Glee' Star Harry Shum Jr. Leads 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2'
About a year and a half ago, news surfaced that a sequel to the martial arts drama Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was in development with a story that bring back Michelle Yeoh's character Yu Shu Lien. The actress is confirmed to return along with a new character named Silent Wolf played by Donnie Yen, and now these two will be joined by a fresher face who might help bring in the younger crowds. Harry Shum Jr. is a regular on "Glee" known for his slick dance moves on the musical comedy series, and now he's taking a lead role in the sequel that will be set 20 years after the events of the original 14-year old film.
Here's what writer John Fusco told us previously about the new film directed by Woo-ping Yuen:
"This introduces a new generation of star-crossed lovers, and a new series of antagonists in a battle of good and evil...There is an alternate universe in the books, a martial forest that exists alongside the real world, full of wandering sword fighters, medicine men, defrocked priests, poets, sorcerers and Shaolin renegades. It’s so vast and rich, and I found characters from the second and third books in the series to create a most interesting stew while being as true to the source material as I could be.”
More specifically, THR says the story follows four heroes of the martial arts world — Silent Wolf, Yu Shu-lien, Tie-Fang and Snow Vase — who must use their courage and skills to keep the legendary sword Green Destiny from the hands of the villainous Hades Dai. And Shum will be taking the role of Tie-Fang. Knowing how Shum can dance, and seeing him rock a lightsaber in this short film 3 Minutes, stepping into the world of martial arts shouldn't be a problem.
However, what might be a problem is that this sequel will really only play to a niche audience in the United States, especially since the first film hasn't been relevant for awhile. But we're betting The Weinstein Company is backing the project because it will perform better overseas, much like big US films such as Transformers: Age of Extinction and Pacific Rim did, especially in Asian markets. Interested?