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'Sleeping Dogs' Taps Donnie Yen to Play Lead in Movie Adaptation

Ip Man star, Donnie Yen to star in Neal Moritz’s Adaptation of Sleeping Dogs

Martial artist extraordinaire, Ip Man and Rogue One star Donnie Yen is being tapped to play the lead in the movie adaptation of Square Enix and United Front Games’ Sleeping Dogsaccording to Deadline.

Sleeping Dogs follows protagonist Wei Shen, an undercover Hong Kong-American cop who infiltrates a local crime organization in attempts to take it down from the inside. Wei Shen has to fight his way up the ranks without getting caught. In the video game, Wei Shen is portrayed by another well-known Asian actor, Will Yun Lee (Falling Water, Hawaii Five-0).

Unlike the most recent video game movies (i.e. Warcraft, Assassin’s Creed), Sleeping Dogs should be the easiest to adapt. The game is grounded in as much reality as any video game could be when it doesn’t feature monsters, magic, or even impossible computer hacking abilities. It’s your standard violent crime and street gang movie with a little mix of martial arts. Once upon a time in the early 2000s, this was totally a thing led by Jet Li, sometimes opposite DMX. With Donnie Yen involved, you can guarantee some fantastic displays of ass-whoopin.

If you’ve played Sleeping Dogs before, then you know Wei Shen has the potential to be pretty brutal when using his surroundings. I would almost compare the level of brutality to what we’ve seen in The Raid.

Original Film is producing with DJ2 Entertainment. Neal Moritz, Dmitri Johnson and Dan Jevons with Toby Ascher and Stephan Bugaj are executive producing. DJ2 is currently co-producing the upcoming live-action/CG feature Sonic the Hedgehog for Sony.

Source: Deadline

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Christina E. Janke

Christina is the co-host of “Intro to Geek” on Shauncastic and Editor-in-Chief at Agents of Geek. Her love of all things Mass Effect knows no bounds. She also carries an obsession with comic books, video games, and quirky television shows. Her heroes are Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Gail Simone. She hopes to be just like them when she grows up.

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