After last weekend's flood of "Green Hornet" casting news and updates, could an announcement regarding the new Kato be next on the schedule?
According to The Korea Times, actor Kwon Sang-woo recently passed an English audition for the role of the title character's sidekick -- an audition that was attended by the film's star and writer Seth Rogen and director Michel Gondry. The report goes on to say that a final announcement regarding the role will be made within the next month.
While Kwon is an unknown property in the US, the actor has already established himself as a hot star in Korea. Prior to embarking on a career in acting, he was a successful model contracted to be the face (and abs) of various marketing campaigns.
If Kwon snags the part, he'll have some big shoes to fill after the departure of Stephen Chow, who left the project earlier this month. Chow was initially tagged to be both director and Rogen's co-star on the film, but stepped down from the director's chair late last year. He then left the film entirely a few weeks ago.
As the article points out, Kwon winning the role would make him the third Korean actor to co-star in a blockbuster action film this year. Lee Byung-hun will play Storm Shadow in the upcoming "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" movie, and fan-favorite actor Rain will play the role of Raizo in November's "Ninja Assassin."
"The Green Hornet" is currently scheduled to hit theaters July 9, 2010.
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