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Ang Lee To Direct Son Mason Lee As Bruce Lee In Martial Arts Legend's Biopic

Mason Lee was recently nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Golden Horse Awards for the Hong Kong thriller Limbo.
Ang Lee To Direct Son Mason Lee As Bruce Lee In Martial Arts Legend's Biopic

Ang Lee has found his next project: the biopic of Chinese-American martial arts legend Bruce Lee.

The Oscar-winning Life of Pi and Brokeback Mountain director’s son, Mason Lee is attached to play the icon, who died in 1973 at the age of 32.

The movie is being developed at Sony’s 3000 Pictures and counts Shannon Lee, Bruce Lee’s daughter, as one of the producers.  

“Accepted as neither fully American nor Fully Chinese, Bruce Lee was a bridge between East and West who introduced Chinese Kung Fu to the world, a scientist of combat and an iconic performing artist who revolutionised both the martial arts and action cinema,” Ang Lee said in a statement (via Variety). “I feel compelled to tell the story of this brilliant, unique human being who yearned for belonging, possessed tremendous power in a 135-pound-frame, and who, through tireless hard work, made impossible dreams into reality.”

Mason Lee, 32, was recently nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Golden Horse Awards for the Hong Kong thriller Limbo. His other credits include Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, the Taiwanese thriller Who Killed Cock Robin (with Christopher Lee, no relations) and The Hangover Part II.

Ang Lee’s last feature was 2019’s Gemini Man, a Jerry Bruckheimer-produced actioner starring Will Smith as an assassin battling a younger version of himself.

Bruce Lee has been the subject of countless movies and movies, most notably 1993’s Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, starring Jason Scott Lee as the title character. Other actors who had portrayed include Danny Chan Kwok-Kwan (2019’s Ip Man 4 and 2009’s The Legend of Bruce Lee TV series), Philip Ng (2016’s Birth of the Dragon) and Mike Moh (2019’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood).

No word on when the latest Bruce Lee biopic will commence production. Meanwhile, Warrior, the period drama based on Lee’s early writings and starring Andrew Koji, just wrapped production for its third season, which is slated to launch in the first half of 2023; the series is available on HBO Go. 

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