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Chow Yun Fat. Again.

05.14.2007
Apparently now he's back in John Woo's Chinese epic BATTLE OF RED CLIFF, which is like an 80 million dollar game of musical chairs at this point. If you're unfamiliar with the back-story, Chow Yun Fat was cast in the lead role of Zhou Yu, and Tony Leung was cast in the supporting role of Zhuge Liang. Then, Leung dropped out, to be replaced by Takeshi Kaneshiro (HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS), and a couple of months later, Chow Yun Fat dropped out too, citing his late receipt of the script as the reason. Now, in any movie production, this would be a fairly ridiculous circumstance (to have your 2 headliners drop out as shooting begins), but a couple of weeks ago, Leung returned to the project to take the role that Chow Yun Fat vacated. Are you still with me? Because now apparently, Chow Yun Fat has 'verbally agreed' to return to the film, now in an unspecified role. It's a ridiculous circumstance, but I still have high hopes for the movie. Stay tuned to find out which of the cast members is voted off the island next week!
Extra Tidbit: There were rumours that Chow Yun Fat left the project initially, because of a disagreement over his excessive 'Hollywood-esque' demands.
Source: Dark Horizons

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