It's official: Michelle Yeoh will star in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2 -- The Green Destiny, the Weinstein Co.'s sequel to Ang Lee's Oscar-winning 2000 foreign-language hit.
Chinese director and martial arts choreographer Yuen Wo Ping is set to direct, with Donnie Yen starring as Silent Wolf and Yeoh returning as Yu Shu Lien. The screenplay is based on Iron Knight, Silver Vase by Wang Du Lu, book five in the Crane-Iron Pentalogy - on which the first Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was based.
“I loved Ang Lee's film,” Weinsteon Co. co-chair Harvey Weinstein said in a release. “I thought it was a master class in directing, but I know we are in fantastic hands with Yuen Wo Ping directing the second installment of Crouching Tiger. Master Yuen worked with me on Iron Monkey, Kill Bill and now Grandmaster. He is a first-class director and choreographer, and I am thrilled to be teaming up with him once more. With John Fusco's incredible script and the dream team of Donnie Yen and Michelle Yeoh we are in great shape.”
The first Crouching Tiger earned $213 million at the global box office, $128 million in the U.S., and earned seven Oscar nominations, winning for Best Foreign Language film.
Noted Wang Hong, son of late author Wang Du Lu, in the release: "My sister and I and our families sincerely appreciate that Harvey and TWC stayed committed to bringing my father's works to the screen for the enjoyment of audiences around the world. My father created timeless characters and stories of universal appeal. They remain no less relevant today. Through great filmmaking, another generation will get to experience them."