Philip Ng has been cast as Bruce Lee in the upcoming biopic, or biographical film 'Birth of the Dragon', produced by Groundswell Productions.
According to Jaynestars, this announcement came just after Philip completed the filming of his debut TVB drama A Fist Within Four Walls, an upcoming action series about mysterious kung fu masters living in the Kowloon Walled City.
According to Hong Kong news media, Philip spent over half a year to prepare for the casting auditions of Birth of the Dragon.
The martial arts action film, which has been in production since early last year, is currently shooting in Vancouver and is helmed by director George Nolfi with a script written by Christopher Wilkinson and Stephen J. Rivele. Corey Yuen is choreographing the movie’s fights. Nolfi’s last directorial work was 2011’s The Adjustment Bureau, starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt.
As reported on the American magazine Entertainment Weekly, the movie will be a recreation of the events leading up to the fateful duel between Bruce Lee and Northern Shaolin master Wong Jack-man in mid 1960’s Oakland, California.
It was a controversial match that changed Bruce’s kung fu philosophy. The battle is still one of the biggest mysteries in modern martial arts history, as many are still unsure why it happened and who had won it.
Starring as Wong Jack-man is Chinese actor Xia Yu. Into the Woodsstar Billy Magnussen plays Steve McKee, a young martial arts student whose loyalty is torn between the two masters. Birth of the Dragon will be told in McKee’s perspective.