After Stephen Chow relinquished the role of Kato in Seth Rogen’s upcoming Green Hornet movie earlier this month, the search to find a replacement immediately kicked into high gear. And although it’s only been a couple of weeks since the announcement, it looks like Sony may have already found their man. According to Korean movie news site HanCinema, Korean actor Kwon Sang-woo had a successful audition and is currently in final negotiations for the role.
Kwon Sang-woo is currently unknown to North American audiences, having starred in such films overseas as Once Upon a Time in High School and Destiny. Apparently he has martial arts experience and his English, while not perfect, was good enough to impress Seth Rogen. As Twitch points out, this would be the third Korean star to make their Hollywood breakthrough this year after Rain in Ninja Assassin and Lee Byeong-Heon in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. While I have no opinion on Kwon Sang-woo as of yet, I’m just impressed that they are giving someone a chance outside of the usual suspects. I thought for sure Jet Li was going to be getting a phone call even though he’d clearly be too old for the part. Is anyone out there familiar with Kwon’s previous work? Do you think he will make a good Kato?