With the massive success of blockbusters like Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Jurassic World at the Chinese box office this summer, Hollywood is starting to cast Chinese actors with hopes of expanding on that trend. One such actor is Donnie Yen. Hong Kong tabloid Apple Daily claims that Donnie Yen will be joining director Rian Johnson’s cast on Star Wars: Episode VIII. Donnie Yen is best known for the Ip Man trilogy and for being an overall badass. Don’t believe me, then just watch this clip from Legend of the First: The Return of Chen Zhen:
According to Apple Daily, Yen’s character will be a Jedi who becomes an ally to Han Solo. Rumors have also been circulated by Twitchfilm that Yen was being scouted for a role in Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars spin-off Rogue One, which would make the news from Apple Daily seem a little more legit.
The internet is already losing its shit over the news and images are starting to sprout up with Donnie yielding lightsabers.
Just in case you can understand Cantonese, here’s the press release from Apple Daily: