Donnie Yen secured the leading role in the adaptation of the Square Enix game Sleeping Dogs. This movie will be produced by Neal Moritz known by Fast & Furious, S.W.A.T., Prison Break, I Am Legend and other famous blockbusters.
Seems like latest Donnie’s roles in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage caught the eye of Hollywood producers who finally ready to give him a moment to shine worldwide.
Donnie tried to break into Western territory in 80s with Der Puma and The Princess Blade, and in 90s with Highlander: Endgame, Blade 2 and Shanghai Knights, but this didn’t bring him anything. The same story was with Jackie Chan but eventually everyone understood that Jackie can be Jackie only in Asian produced movies and not in Rush Hour or Shanghai Knights comedy films.
Let’s wait for what future holds for Donnie as now Asian investors play a huge role in Hollywood blockbusters.
From May 2012
Square Enix formally announced the impending release of their open-world cop-drama video game SLEEPING DOGS (formerly Activision’s TRUE CRIME: HONG KONG) with this action-packed live-action short film starring veteran Hollywood stunt actor Brian Ho and featuring the action choreography by martial artist Darren Shahlavi, better known by role of Twister in Ip Man 2 opposite Donnie Yen.
Sleeping Dogs catapults players into the role of undercover cop Wei Shen, tasked with taking down one of the world’s most fearsome criminal organizations from the inside… the Hong Kong Triads. As players explore the bustling and crowded Hong Kong island, through its neon-lit side streets and sprawling street markets, an incredible story unfolds of loyalty and betrayal, where Wei begins to question his own motives as he is sucked in deeper than he could ever imagine.
Sleeping Dogs Official Site