Angarano kicks back with Chan, Li


Michael Angarano is in final negotiations to star alongside Jackie Chan and Jet Li in the untitled J&J project. Rob Minkoff is directing, while Casey Silver produces.

Angarano will play a troubled 17-year-old wannabe kung fu warrior who, after a humiliating defeat at the hands of a street gang, is sent back in time to ancient China on an impossible mission to set free the imprisoned Monkey King (Li) and return to him his all-powerful staff. John Fusco wrote the script.

The project is due to start filming in early May in China.

Ryan Kavanaugh and Raffaella De Laurentiis are executive producing. Relativity Media is financing.

Angarano, repped by ICM and Coast to Coast, recently starred in Columbia Pictures' "Lords of Dogtown" and the Walt Disney Co.'s "Sky High." His upcoming projects include "Snow Angels" with Kate Beckinsale, "The Final Season" with Sean Astin and Rachael Leigh Cook and "Man in the Chair" with Christopher Plummer.