Jiang Wen Reportedly Joins The Cast Of Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One

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Jiang Wen Reportedly Joins The Cast Of Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One

Godzilla director Gareth Edwards may have added another actor to his already very impressive Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One cast. According to Yahoo! Singapore, Chinese thesp Jiang Wen has signed on for a role in what will be the first of the spinoff Anthology movies, though obviously no details on what specific character he will play are given.

We had heard that Edwards was looking to cast Chinese actors (this also follows the news that Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen is being courted for a role in Episode VIII), and this would seem to confirm it. Indeed, Hollywood in general has begun to seek out more and more Chinese stars for their movies, as success in that region guarantees a big pay day.

Jiang will be most familiar to U.S. audiences for his role in Zhang Yimou’s directorial debut Red Sorghum, while back in his homeland he’s best known for Let the Bullets Fly and Gone With the Bullets, which he also directed.

There’s nothing official on this front yet, but if Jiang has been cast in Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, he’ll be joining the likes of Felicity Kones, Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, and Forest Whitaker.

Rogue One will hit theatres on December 16, 2016.

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