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Who Will Play the Next Kato in The Green Hornet?

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Stephen Chow was originally supposed to help Seth Rogen direct The Green Hornet and act as Kato. First news came out that there were some differences and he was no longer filling the directing role and would instead just act as Kato. However recent news indicates that due to his schedule and other circumstances he may not act as Kato at all.

For those who don’t know about the show. It is about a pair of crime fighters and the sidekick KATO is played by Bruce Lee.

Filling the shoes of a role Bruce Lee once played would be nothing short of a  tall order, but it would be a great honor and privilege for whoever would play this role.

Well let’s see who might be an option for this role. Here are some choices from Ed Moy who writes for the examiner (

Ken Jeong in “Role Models”


The doctor turned comedian turned actor has been in high demand since his breakthrough role as Dr. Kuni alongside Rogen and Katherine Heigl in “Knocked Up.”

He has since played memorable roles as King Argotron in “Role Models,” and Mr. Chow in “The Hangover.”

Jeong will also appear in several more comedies this year, including “The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard,” “Funny People,” and “All About Steve,” and “Couples Retreat.”


Roger Fan in “Drillbit Taylor”


Fan caught the eye of moviegoers playing the charismatic and manipulative Daric Loo in “Fast & Furious” director Justin Lin’s breakout indie feature “Better Luck Tomorrow.”

Fan also starred in, co-produced, and co-wrote the racy 17-minute short subject, “The Quest For Length,” a surprise film festival hit.

He has since starred as Michael Wang in “Ping Pong Playa,” co-starred with James Franco in “Annapolis,” and  appeared in “Drillbit Taylor” as Bodyguard with knives.


Jet Li in “Hero”


A Chinese wushu (martial arts) world champion several times, Li got his first part as a shaolin disciple in the film Shaolin “Temple.”

But most American moviegoers will recognize Li for appearing in action movies such as “Lethal Weapon 4,” “Romeo Must Die, “The Forbidden Kingdom,” and “The Mummy:  Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.”

He will also appear in Sly Stallone’s upcoming action flick “The Expendables.”


James Kyson Lee on “Heroes”


Best known for his role as “Ando” alongside star Masi Oka on NBC’s action drama “Heroes,” Lee has since expanded into movie roles, including a recent part in the Sci-Fi Channel original movie, “Star Runners.”

He was also rumored to have been offered the part of Mr. Sulu in J.J. Abrams reboot of “Star Trek.” 

However, the role eventually went to John Cho when Lee was unable to take the part due to the fact, “Heroes” producers didn’t want two of the shows principal characters leaving to work on the movie.  Zachary Quinto, who plays Sylar on “Heroes” had already been cast as Spock. (above choices are from the examiner)

For a new fresh face I would personally recommend:

Alfred as Kato in The Green Hornet 

Alfred as Kato in The Green Hornet


He is currently ranked #1 in the US on the US National Wushu Team and acted and performed his own stunts on Spike TV’s hit show The Deadliest Warrior. He is relatively unknown but has both the acting and martial arts backing to suitably play the role of Kato.

Demo Reel Where he is endorsed by Stephen Chow himself-

Leave your comments with your thoughts or suggestions!

Stephen Chow Might Not be Kato Anymore?

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Stephen Chow Might Not be Kato Either?

December 23, 2008


Late last week, it was announced that Stephen Chow had dropped out as director of Columbia Pictures’ The Green Hornet but that he would still play Kato in the comic book adaptation.

Now, however, that is still up in the air as well as Chow tells The Associated Press that he may not have time to star as Kato, the character made famous by Bruce Lee.

Chow, whose credits include Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle, said over the weekend that he wants to free up time to work with Jack Black on a comedy about a superhero.

“If I direct ‘The Green Hornet,’ the superhero comedy will have to be delayed for two years,” Chow said. “The timing might not be right for a superhero comedy in two years. And I want to make a movie based on an original idea.”

Chow said whether he stays on to play Kato in The Green Hornet depends on his schedule.

What do you guys think about this? Chow has played and loved Bruce Lee in many of his good movies, but is the goal for this flick to be a comedy or an intense/darker action/drama?

Why Stephen Chow is Out of “The Green Hornet” plus exclusive Kung Fu Hustle Interview

Monday, December 22nd, 2008
Posted by Jordan Hoffman on 12/19 at 09:35 AM



It was reported today in Variety that Stephen Chow, director of Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer will not be directing the silver screen adaptation of The Green Hornet as had been previously announced.  However, he is still on board to play Kato, the role made famous on television by Bruce Lee, opposite Seth Rogen.

Creative differences were cited as the reason Chow stepped down.

I guess, in theory, I’m upset about this, inasmuch as I think Chow is a creative dude.  But the fact is that I don’t really have anything at stake with a Green Hornet movie.  I don’t really care a whit about the show and since Rogen is in it I suppose they are going for a Starsky and Hutch comedy version.  Is there any way this will be a better action comedy than Rogen’s Pineapple Express?


And now our exclusive Stephen Chow interview from in conjunction with MTVu.

Who do you guys think should direct the new Green Hornet movie?