Stephen Chow To Direct And Star In Seth Rogen’s ‘Green Hornet’

One last big announcement before the weekend — Columbia Pictures has announced that actor/director Stephen Chow — he of “Shaolin Soccer” and “Kung Fu Hustle” fame — will team with Seth Rogen on the upcoming “Green Hornet” silver screen adaptation, due to hit theaters on June 25, 2010. Chow will not only co-star in the film opposite Rogen as the Green Hornet’s faithful sidekick, Kato, but will also direct the film.

In a statement released by the studio, Chow said, “I’m excited to be taking on ’The Green Hornet’ — obviously, I’ve been a huge fan of the show since I was a kid. The idea of stepping into Bruce Lee’s shoes as Kato is both humbling and thrilling, and to get the chance to direct the project as my American movie debut is simply a dream come true.”

Given Rogen’s previous statements in an interview with MTV News where he said he planned on giving “The Green Hornet” equal parts action and comedy, the actor [who will star as the titular hero] and co-screenwriter felt that the choice to bring Chow on as director and co-star is as close to a perfect fit as he could imagine.

“Stephen was always my and [co-screenwriter] Evan [Goldberg]’s first choice for director and to play Kato,” said Rogen. “We just hope that he never finds out we’re not the Wachowski Brothers.”

So what do you think — with Chow on board, does “The Green Hornet” sound like box office gold? Or are you still wary of plopping down $10 for this film? Talk to us in the comments.