Yune wins fight for 'Ninja' role


Rick Yune has been cast as the antagonist in "Ninja Assassin," the Wachowskis-produced action film James McTeigue is directing for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. Joel Silver is producing via Dark Castle, while Grant Hill is producing.

Also boarding the production are Naomie Harris as the female lead and Ben Miles.

The martial arts extravaganza stars Korean actor-singer Rain, who also appears in the siblings' "Speed Racer," as a man brought up in an orphanage functioning as a ninja farm. The man turns his back on his tradition to make his way in the modern world, which brings him into conflict with a ninja (Yune) from the clan.

"Not to give too much away, (but) my character stays within what he was brought up with, and they go up against each other," Yune said. "I'm not a heavy. The characters are ninjas, they are assassins, and there's this mix of morality the Wachowskis are exploring. … They are martial arts buffs. I can't ask for more than working with the best of the best, and these guys, in this genre, are that."

Yune said he underwent a four-hour screen test that was "straight-fight choreography" involving swords. "I was sore for a week after that," he said.

Harris ("Pirates of the Caribbean") is playing a secret service agent while Miles ("V for Vendetta") is her boss.

The movie shoots this month in Berlin from a script by Matthew Sand and J. Michael Straczynski.

Yune recently wrote, produced and stars in the action/martial arts feature "The Fifth Commandment," which Freestyle is releasing theatrically in August. The actor, repped by Fortitude and Luber Roklin Entertainment, is best known for his villainous roles in "Die Another Day" and "The Fast and the Furious." (partialdiff)