Robin Shou, best known for his starring role in Mortal Kombat may now be set to join the cast of another movie based on a martial-arts-fighting video game - Street Fighter: Legend of Chun-Li. Moviehole brings us news of the rumor that Shou may be replacing Rick Yune in the role of Gen.
In the mythology of the video game, Gen is a master assassin who trained Chun-Li (played in the film by Smallville's Kristin Kruek). Gen later retired from his role as an assassin in order to refine his martial arts techniques, and as a result of traumatizing Chun-Li when he assassinated someone before her eyes.
Yune, who was originally confirmed to be in Street Fighter: Legend of Chun-Li, didn't have his name mentioned in the production blog for the film. Secondly, the role of Gen is specifically teased on the blog:
Now those with a watchful eye might notice there's one character I haven't even discussed. One that's not mentioned in the cast breakdown but one who's surely an integral part of the film. And so now, for your first exclusive scoop, allow me to present you faithful readers with some brand spankin' new casting you're surely not aware of. The integral role of GEN will be played by none other than......tune in next week to find out! Sorry to go all American Idol on your asses, but trust me, it's worth the wait (and its NOT who you think).
Directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak, from a Justin Marks script, Street Fighter: Legend of Chun-Li stars Kristen Kruek, Michael Clark Duncan, Neal McDonough, Taboo and Chris Klein. Moon Bloodgood, Edmund Chen and Cheng Pei Pei have also signed on to star in this video game adaptation.