James McTeigue Directing Ninja Assassin with Wachowski's Next

February 13, 2008
Source: Variety

James McTeigue

Australian filmmaker James McTeigue (picture above, left) already has his next film lined up. You may remember a little movie that McTeigue and Larry and Andy Wachowski did together back in 2006 named V for Vendetta? The Wachowski Brothers and McTeigue are teaming up again for a movie named Ninja Assassin, but unfortunately there are no plot details yet (damn!). However, South Korean pop star Rain has been cast in a leading role in the film, which already starts shooting in March!

Rain, who's real name is Jung Ji-hoon, has a supporting role in the Wachowksi's upcoming Speed Racer flick and is also the lead in Park Chan-wook's I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK. Ninja Assassin will be shooting under the direction of McTeigue in Berlin from March to July. It sounds like they're probably shooting in the same studios that Speed Racer shot in, given the Wachowski's filmed that movie in Berlin as well and wrapped quite recently.

I wish there was more to tell you about this project, but unfortunately it just came out of nowhere and these are the only details known about it. I didn't want to skip this news because I think V for Vendetta was one of the great comic book movies ever made and I think McTeiguen is a very capable director. He only needs a second opportunity to show us how good he truly is and I hope this is it. I'm really hoping this is a surprise hit that will remain quiet until we see the first trailer sometime early next year. My first thought is that Ninja Assassin doesn't sound too good, but don't judge a book by its cover and here I'm not going to try and judge this movie based on its title alone.

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that korean dude is also playing yamcha in dragonball.

Jojo on Feb 13, 2008


are you just displayin a v for vendetta pic or does portman have a part in the film as well? always down to see somethin with her in it

harrison on Feb 13, 2008


No, unfortunately it's just a pic from V for Vendetta. The only information about this film, including the plot, actors, anything, is included above. No on else besides Rain has been cast and no other information is known. I hope Portman is in it too, but this doesn't seem like her kind of movie...

Alex Billington on Feb 13, 2008


Although I'm not a fan of comic book films I have to admit V for Vendetta was simply amazing. As for this 'Rain' I've just googled him and it seems he's quite popular. Apparently he had won Time Magazine's most influential entertainer last year and also People's list of Most Beautiful People. Very interesting. It's good to finally see some fresh new faces in Hollywood. I'm a little tired of seeing the same old Tom, Brad and George every year.

Karen Worthington on Feb 20, 2008


BLAH! I hate that guy! They should have picked a different actor. BLEH!

FIMFIM on Mar 13, 2008


"Bleh"? O_o excuse me? No, Bi (pronounced Bee) (Rain) is completely capable of playing this role! In fact, not only did he do ,"I'm a Cyborg, But That's Okay", he also came out in a korean drama series called, "Full House". No, not the american full house with the twins and stuff, but it was the live action remake of a korean comic/manhwa. The only thing that wil stop him with being completely PERFECT for the role is... no, make that TWO things. they'll be language barrier and his hairstyle. I just do NOT like his long hair. I like his curls better 😛

Lily Kim on Apr 22, 2008


Rain can do it...If this movie gets a negative response, which I hope not, his talent and passion for work will still surface out no matter what project you give him..

Rainonus on Jun 4, 2008


I'm pretty sure Rain is not in Dragon Ball Z...Waaah....he might even release an English Album in the US sometime....SUPPORTS!

Sandy on Nov 28, 2008

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