Rise of a Legend Casting

Wong Fei-hung revival takes on rising stars

HONG KONG — Fast-rising stars Eddie Peng and Angelababy and Asian-American star Byron Mann have joined the cast of martial arts actioner “Rise of a Legend.”

A big-budget kung fu movie, “Legend” attempts to revive Wong Fei-hung, one of the iconic old names of the Chinese action genre, but who has been absent from the big screen for some 20 years.

“Legend” is produced by Bill Kong, Ivy Ho and Liu Erdong, through their Edko Films, Irresistible Delta and BDI companies. Chow Hin-yeung, discovered with Edko’s “Murderer” and Edko and Irresistible’s “Nightfall,” directs.

Mann recently starred in cop thriller “Cold War,” also produced by Kong and Ho, and in Universal’s “The Man With The Iron Fists.” He also co-starred in the US series, “Arrow,” which is one of the highest rating US TV shows in China.

Taiwan-born Peng starred in Chinese hit “Wedding Invitation” and as a muscled-up fighter in Dante Lam’s “Unbeatable.”

A favorite of the Chinese-language gossip pages, Angelababy last year starred with Peng in the “Tai Chi Zero” and “Tai Chi Hero” fantasy action pair. She next appears in Tsui Hark’s “Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon.”

With shooting now underway, the film also includes the previously announced martial arts veteran Sammo Hung, mainland Chinese teen heartthrob Jing Boran and martial arts champion Zhang Jin.
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