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Donnie Yen Replaces Jet Li in ‘XXX 3’

Donnie Yen Replaces Jet Li in ‘XXX 3’

Even though XXX: The Return of Xander Cage just lost an action icon, it has scored quite a casting coup in the process. It appears that Jet Li has dropped out of the long-anticipated action thriller. But replacing him is the legendary Donnie Yen. The Hong Kong box office star is just coming off of Ip Man 3 starring opposite Mike Tyson. And will next be seen in the December blockbuster Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

It is believed that Jet Li was starring as the deadly alpha warrior Xiang, the role that Donnie Yen is now taking on. The supporting cast includes Deepika Padukone, Nina Dobrev, Ruby Rose, Tony Jaa and UFC fighter Conor McGregor. D.J. Caruso (I Am Number Four) is directing xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. The film is written by Chad St. John (London Has Fallen) with current revisions by F. Scott Frazier (Collide).

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‘Ip Man 3’ Character Posters with Mike Tyson & Donnie Yen

‘Ip Man 3’ Character Posters with Mike Tyson & Donnie Yen

Donnie Yen ignites the screen in Ip Man 3, a return to the role that made him an icon, as Ip Man, the real-life Wing Chun grandmaster who mentored Bruce Lee. In this explosive third installment of the blockbuster martial arts series, when a band of brutal gangsters led by a crooked property developer (Mike Tyson) make a play to take over the city, Master Ip is forced to take a stand.  Fists will fly as some of the most incredible fight scenes ever filmed play out on the big screen in this soon-to-be genre classic.

Today, we've got 6 new character posters. Each one introducers a member of the cast and the character they play. Of course, Donnie Yen takes center stage as Ip Man. But perhaps the most exciting one-sheet features Mike Tyson as American fighter Frank. We also get a look at Patrick Tam as Ma King-Sang, Lynn Hung Xiong as Cheung Wing-Sing, Jin Zhang as Sum Nung, and Danny Chan as a young Bruce Lee.

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‘Ip Man 3’ Trailer: Donnie Yen Fights Mike Tyson

‘Ip Man 3’ Trailer: Donnie Yen Fights Mike Tyson

Back in March, we reported that the long-awaited Ip Man 3 is finally moving forward, with Donnie Yen returning to star as the title character, and heavyweight boxing legend Mike Tyson also coming aboard. Today, MovieClips has the first domestic trailer for this highly-anticipated sequel, with Well Go USA setting a January 22, 2016 release date. Ip Man 3 will be going up against Dirty Grandpa and The Boy in its new release date.

Our original report from March revealed that the producers had planned on using a CGI version of late martial arts legend Bruce Lee, which certainly caused some controversy. Just one week later, it was reported that Bruce Lee's estate was trying to stop the production from using this CGI version. While we never got an update about the lawsuit filed by Bruce Lee's family, the film's IMDB page lists Kwok-Kwan Chan (Kung Fu Hustle, Shaolin Soccer) as portraying Bruce Lee, so it seems that both sides came to some sort of an agreement.

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‘Kung Fu Killer’ Blu-ray Preview Starring Donnie Yen | EXCLUSIVE

‘Kung Fu Killer’ Blu-ray Preview Starring Donnie Yen | EXCLUSIVE

Hong Kong martial arts legend Donnie Yen takes fans inside the story of his new action-thriller Kung Fu Killer in our exclusive preview for the Blu-ray and DVD release. This video features behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with stars Donnie Yen, who also serves as the action director, along with Michelle Bai, Baoqiang Wang and Charlie Yeung, who all discuss their own beliefs pertaining to martial arts. We also hear from director Teddy Chan, as the stars discuss his style on the set.

When a vicious serial killer targets top martial arts masters, convicted criminal and kung fu master Hahou (Donnie Yen) is the only one with the skills to stop him. Released from jail and into police custody, they soon have their doubts about Hahou's true allegiance, causing Hahou to be hunted by an unstoppable killer (Baoqiang Wang) and the entire police force. Hahou finds himself on his own, leading to a final battle you have to see to believe in this action-packed, kung fu crime thriller from director Teddy Chan (Bodyguards and Assassins, The Accidental Spy).

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‘Star Wars 8’ Wants Hong Kong Action Star Donnie Yen?

‘Star Wars 8’ Wants Hong Kong Action Star Donnie Yen?

Late last week, it was heavily rumored that Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One has already begun production at London's Pinewood Studios, with star Felicity Jones having shot one major scene. And we're expected to hear some big announcements at this year's Comic Con, where Star Wars: The Force Awakens will have a big presence this Friday. But today, we have an unconfirmed rumor that Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is in pre-production with director Rian Johnson, is already starting to cast new actors. And apparently the production wants Hong Kong action legend Donnie Yen, known best in the states for his Ip Man franchise, for an important yet undisclosed role.

The news comes from Apple Daily, a Hong Kong tabloid not exactly known for its blockbuster movie scoops. They claim that Donnie Yen has already signed on, insuring that Star Wars: Episode VIII has international box office appeal. SPOILER ALERT! They also claim that he is playing a Jedi. And that he will shoot scenes with Harrison Ford's Han Solo as early as next month. This has raised some eyebrows, not only in terms of previous rumors. It is believed that Star Wars: The Force Awakens sets up the Jedi as all but extinct. And it has also been widely reported that Han Solo loses his head at the hands of Kylo Ren leading into Star Wars: The Force Awakens' big third act conflict.

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‘Kung Fu Killer’ Trailer Starring Donnie Yen

‘Kung Fu Killer’ Trailer Starring Donnie Yen

Action icon Donnie Yen returns as a convicted criminal and martial arts master who must stop a vicious murderer in ‘Kung Fu Killer’.
‘Special ID’ Featurette with Donnie Yen | EXCLUSIVE

‘Special ID’ Featurette with Donnie Yen | EXCLUSIVE

The martial arts legend discusses his influences for this action-thriller, arriving on Blu-ray and DVD May 13th.
‘Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny’ Gets Donnie Yen

‘Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny’ Gets Donnie Yen

Woo-ping Yuen will be directing the action sequel from a John Fusco script. The Weinstein Company is producing.