Jay Chou joins Seth Rogen in Columbia pic

Taiwanese singer-actor Jay Chou has joined the cast of Columbia’s “The Green Hornet” in the role of sidekick Kato, starring alongside Seth Rogen as the title character.

Chou replaces Hong Kong actor Stephen Chow in the role, originally made famous by Bruce Lee in the 1966-67 TV series.

Col made the announcement Friday. “Hornet,” to be directed by Michel Gondry, is slotted for a summer 2010 release, and the project’s moving ahead for a fall start date.

“Jay is incredibly unique and charming and fights like a wild dog!” Gondry said.

Chou broke into film in “Initial D” in 2005 in China, starred alongside Chow Yun-fat and Gong Li in Zhang Yimou’s “The Curse of the Golden Flower” and made his directorial debut with “Secret,” which he also starred in. He’s also in the upcoming Chinese film “Ci Ling” and in Yuen Woo-ping’s “True Legend.”

The studio is in early talks with Nicolas Cage to play the gangster villain in “The Green Hornet,” and Cameron Diaz is negotiating to play a reporter and love interest (Daily Variety, July 21).

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