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Cast This: The Green Hornet and Kato

12.07.2016

We're at a point where we get a different movie version of Spider-Man every few years, so it's no big surprise that any property is considered viable for the reboot treatment not long after the last time it hit theaters. Hence, Paramount already has a new GREEN HORNET movie in the works.

The studio currently has THE ACCOUNTANT and WARRIOR director Gavin O'Connor working on bringing the classic pulp character back to theaters, reportedly with a new take that will "bring a gravitas to The Green Hornet that wipes away the camp and kitsch of the previous iteration." (Somebody's not a Rogen fan, apparently.)

Green Hornet's alter-ego is wealthy newspaper publisher Britt Reid, who is joined by his chauffer/bodyguard Kato to become masked vigilantes by night. The character debuted the 1930s as a radio show before making the leap to live-action in movie serials and onto the printed page in a series of comics.

Garbed in his distinct crimefighting costume (green mask, overcoat and fedora), Green Hornet is known for defeating villains by using hand-to-hand combat skills, plus an array of gadgets and a high-tech car called the Black Beauty.

Until recently, most awareness of Green Hornet was probably from the 1966 television adaptation that starred Van Williams (who passed away this week at age 82) as the titular hero, and famously featured martial arts legend Bruce Lee cracking henchmen heads in the Kato role.

After that, the Green Hornet slumbered for a while, and then there seemed to be a lengthy struggle to bring the character to the big screen as the property bounced in and out of development beginning in the early 1990s.

The director's chair was briefly occupied by Kevin Smith, followed by Hong Kong superstar Stephen Chow (who was also going to play Kato). George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Jake Gyllenhaal had each been pursued at various points for the lead role, while Jason Scott Lee and Jet Li were in consideration for Kato.

Ultimately the directing duty went to ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND filmmaker Michel Gondry for the 2011 feature (he had also been a contender back in the 90s), with star Seth Rogen as a hapless hero supported by Jay Chou's exponentially more competent Kato to take on villain Christoph Waltz.

Although Gondry's involvement initially seemed inspired, the finished product couldn't decide if it wanted to play straight, stoner, slapstick or surreal. That doesn't seem to be an issue for O'Connor, who obviously intends to skip the comedic approach and deliver a straight-up action movie.

So who should wear the hat and mask of Hornet this time?

I still wouldn't mind seeing Jake Gyllenhaal take the part, but I'll also toss out the idea of Tom Hiddleston or Alexander Skarsgard. Any of them have the range and physique (and hair) for heroics.

As for Kato, the instinct might be to go right to a kung fu screen veteran like Donnie Yen or Jackie Chan, but instead I would cast a vote for someone like Joe Taslim (THE RAID), Daniel Wu ("Into the Badlands") or Daniel Dae Kim ("Lost").

Or for a twist, the new movie could take a page from Dynamite's recent Green Hornet comics (written by Kevin Smith) and gender-swap the role for a big Hong Kong star like Fan Bingbing (X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST), or Thai ass-kicker JeeJa Yanin (CHOCOLATE), or Ellen Wong from SCOTT PILGRIM VERSUS THE WORLD.

Let us know below who YOU think would make a great Green Hornet and a kickass Kato!

For the previous column's call to cast Domino in DEADPOOL 2, you had a number of intriguing recommendations like Alison Brie, Alexandra Daddario, Emily Blunt and Lauren Cohan.

But the clear favorite to play the luck-powered mutant appeared to be 1. Lizzy Caplan, followed by 2. Mackenzie Davis ("Halt and Catch Fire") and 3. Katheryn Winnick ("Vikings"):

 

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9:45PM on 12/07/2016
Jon Hamm and Steven Yeun. Train Jon in textbook boxing and Steven in teakwondo for contrasting fighting styles. With the right writer and director they can sell these roles.
Jon Hamm and Steven Yeun. Train Jon in textbook boxing and Steven in teakwondo for contrasting fighting styles. With the right writer and director they can sell these roles.
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9:14PM on 12/07/2016
How about Joel Edgerton for Green Hornet? I have no idea who should play Kato. I don't of very many chinese or japanese actors. I thought Jay Chou did a pretty good job. Just bring him back. It was Rogen that ruined the movie not Chou.
How about Joel Edgerton for Green Hornet? I have no idea who should play Kato. I don't of very many chinese or japanese actors. I thought Jay Chou did a pretty good job. Just bring him back. It was Rogen that ruined the movie not Chou.
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7:53PM on 12/07/2016
And ya buddy, gender swap?? is this normal talk now? How bout make your own movie and title it something else and create a foundation for original woman characters to take their place in history, this gender swapping of roles does nothing but alienate fans of the source material and fail to acquire significant new fans, and it doesnt help this perceived gender bias either, makes it worse actually. and btw, basing the movie on a recently written green hornet comic written by Kevin Smith
And ya buddy, gender swap?? is this normal talk now? How bout make your own movie and title it something else and create a foundation for original woman characters to take their place in history, this gender swapping of roles does nothing but alienate fans of the source material and fail to acquire significant new fans, and it doesnt help this perceived gender bias either, makes it worse actually. and btw, basing the movie on a recently written green hornet comic written by Kevin Smith actually made me laugh out loud...then vomit
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7:49PM on 12/07/2016

Dont mind if i do

ALL WRONG, the suggestions I've read so far, the articles suggestions, I mean has anyone seen the actual green hornet show? Everyone here seems like theyve become apart of the 21 jump street type movement of movies where story and characters dont matter as much as inserting popular people and inserting awkward and cruel humor.,but ya anyways, sorry had to get that off my chest, so for Kato to start, he was all business, and he was sharp, unforgiving, and zen like. For him I choose TONY JAA. For
ALL WRONG, the suggestions I've read so far, the articles suggestions, I mean has anyone seen the actual green hornet show? Everyone here seems like theyve become apart of the 21 jump street type movement of movies where story and characters dont matter as much as inserting popular people and inserting awkward and cruel humor.,but ya anyways, sorry had to get that off my chest, so for Kato to start, he was all business, and he was sharp, unforgiving, and zen like. For him I choose TONY JAA. For the Green Hornet, you need someone classicaly handsome, and older, atleast 40. Armie Hammer is the right thinking but hes too young and not enough stubble and grit yet. My pick would have been Clooney but the guy cant act sorry, if he was still out of sight clooney maybe, but not anymore. So for my pick of the Green Hornet, I choose GERARD BUTLER, but hes gotta really cool it up, like Chilly Palmer cool, I think he can do it if he can better his american accent.
GERARD BUTLER+TONY JAA
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6:16PM on 12/07/2016

A new Green Hornet movie.

Yeah, that doesn't sound like a shitty idea at all.
Yeah, that doesn't sound like a shitty idea at all.
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4:43PM on 12/07/2016
Arnie Hammer and Iko Uwais !
Arnie Hammer and Iko Uwais !
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3:39PM on 12/07/2016
Armie Hammer and Donnie yen
Armie Hammer and Donnie yen
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12:35PM on 12/07/2016
Matt Damon as the Green Hornet and Scarlett Johansson as the Asian.......
Matt Damon as the Green Hornet and Scarlett Johansson as the Asian.......
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11:10AM on 12/07/2016

How about Conor MacGregor and Joe Taslim...

Why not? Im not too into another Green Hornet movie right now, but if you make the casting insteresting and not by the book, then maybe.
Why not? Im not too into another Green Hornet movie right now, but if you make the casting insteresting and not by the book, then maybe.
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10:53AM on 12/07/2016
Wu or Taslim would be cool. Donnie Yen is a badass, but he's kind of too old for the role.
Wu or Taslim would be cool. Donnie Yen is a badass, but he's kind of too old for the role.
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10:08AM on 12/07/2016
Patrick Wilson for Green Hornet
Byung-hung Lee for Kato
Patrick Wilson for Green Hornet
Byung-hung Lee for Kato
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9:17AM on 12/07/2016

Go be a journalist. I'll kick ass.

I would prefer giving this to Chris Pine or Armie Hammer for Reid and bring in a great lesser known Martial Artist like Wu Jing, who is amazing fighting Donnie Yen in Killzone. Or Collin Chou who has also fought Yen, in addition to being in the Matrix sequels.
I would prefer giving this to Chris Pine or Armie Hammer for Reid and bring in a great lesser known Martial Artist like Wu Jing, who is amazing fighting Donnie Yen in Killzone. Or Collin Chou who has also fought Yen, in addition to being in the Matrix sequels.
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9:03AM on 12/07/2016
Oh man, this is likely to be my favorite installment of this column for quite some time. I've been hoping for a proper Green Hornet film since I was 9 years old. I've updated my dream choice every couple of years, but will have to give some thought as to who I want to give the official vote to.
Oh man, this is likely to be my favorite installment of this column for quite some time. I've been hoping for a proper Green Hornet film since I was 9 years old. I've updated my dream choice every couple of years, but will have to give some thought as to who I want to give the official vote to.
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7:55PM on 12/07/2016
Im curious to know
Im curious to know
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