Donnie Yen's Lunar New Year film THE MONKEY KING was a hit, and he deserved credit for much of the box office success.
According to HK Top Ten, the sequel had already been announced, but Donnie was rumored to be exhausted from playing Sun Wukong.
The film company was thus forced to consider replacements in case he turned down the sequel.
The company initially considered Huang Xiaoming, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Choi Si-Won for the role of Sun Wukong.
However, Donnie revealed through his spokesperson Ms. Cheung that he was still considering the role, and indirectly said that the re-casting was not confirmed.
Ultimately, Donnie remains the first choice for the role.