Chung goes live with 'Dragonball'


Jamie Chung has joined Justin Chatwin and James Marsters in Fox's "Dragonball," the live-action adaptation of the popular Japanese comic.

James Wong is directing the science fiction action-adventure, which centers on an adult humanoid alien named Goku (Chatwin) who, after discovering he was sent to Earth to destroy the population, tries to fulfill the wish of his dying grandfather and collect all seven of the world's mystical Dragon Balls to keep them out of the hands of the evil aliens.

Chung will play Chi Chi, the love interest of Goku when he's growing up.

Marsters ("Buffy, the Vampire Slayer") plays the evil Piccolo, who tries to take over the world.

"Dragonball," which is being produced by Stephen Chow, is one of the most successful Japanese cultural exports of all time.

Created by Akira Toriyama and published by Tokyo's Jump Comics, the manga was adapted into graphic novels, video games and a successful television series that ran in Europe, Asia, Latin America and North America.

Chung, whose credits include ABC's "Samurai Girl" and "Greek," is repped by Gersh and Kritzer/Levine/Wilkins Entertainment.