Hong Kong superstar Chow Yun-fat (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”) will star in “Cold War 2,” the sequel to the 2012 action thriller, which saw police under siege, and betrayed by a mole.

Production recently began with co-directors Longman Leung and Sunny Luk again at the helm. Also returning are major cast members Aaron Kwok, Tony Leung Ka-fai, Charlie Young, Eddie Peng Yuyan and Aarif Rahman.

Backed by Bill Kong’s Edko Films, the picture is set for a July 2016 release.

The first “Cold War” was the highest grossing Hong Kong film of 2012, earning US$5.78 million (HK$44.9 million) at the local box office and US$40 million (RMB253 million) in China.

It also dominated the Hong Kong Film Awards, collecting nine prizes including best film, best director, best screenplay and best actor for Tony Leung Ka Fai.

Chow, who has made relatively few films in the past five years, is currently on screen in Asia in Johnnie To’s “The Office,” and in North American theaters in the belated release of release of 2010 period drama “Shanghai.” He has also enjoyed recent success with smash hit gambling comedy “The Man From Macau” (aka “From Vegas to Macau”) and its sequel, and fantasy “The Monkey King.”