Oscar-Winning Director Ang Lee Casts Son Mason Lee In Ambitious ‘Bruce Lee’ Biopic

Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee forged his son Mason Lee because the lead in “Bruce Lee.” An formidable biopic of the enduring Chinese language American martial artist and actor, it’ll be written by Oscar-nominated “Capote” screenwriter Dan Futterman, in line with Selection.

Earlier makes an attempt to cinematically chronicle Bruce Lee’s life spurred blended outcomes, as “Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story” (1993) and “Birth of the Dragon” (2016) respectively obtained 74% and 23% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Ang Lee is nonetheless decided, nevertheless, to correctly honor the motion star.

“I feel compelled to tell the story of this brilliant, unique human being who yearned for belonging, possessed tremendous power in a 135-pound frame, and who, through tireless hard work, made impossible dreams into reality,” he instructed Selection in an announcement Wednesday.

The director instructed the outlet that Bruce Lee was “accepted as neither fully American nor fully Chinese” however served as an simple “bridge between East and West” and “revolutionized both the martial arts and action cinema.” Regardless of racist Hollywood hurdles, Bruce Lee subverted stereotypes and have become a movie legend.

Whereas he scored his first main position within the 1966 TV sequence “The Green Hornet,” many executives on the time felt U.S. audiences weren’t prepared for an Asian lead. They even forged David Carradine as a Shaolin Monk within the 1972 TV present “Kung Fu” over Bruce Lee, in line with Deadline.

Mason Lee (left) beforehand starred in his father Ang Lee’s (proper) “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.”

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He finally returned to Hong Kong the place movies like “Fist of Fury,” “The Way of the Dragon” and “Enter the Dragon” made him a world famous person. Bruce Lee tragically died at 32 years previous in 1973, nevertheless, earlier than the final movie was launched in the US.

“‘Bruce Lee’ is a longtime passion project for Ang and a deeply emotional story depicting the triumphs and conflicts of one of the foremost real life action heroes of our time,” Elizabeth Gabler, head of Sony’s 3000 Footage studio, instructed Selection in Wednesday’s assertion.

Mason Lee has but to show himself as an on-screen martial artist, however established himself as an actor in his personal proper — regardless of starring in his dad’s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.” Ang Lee himself, after all, made martial arts Oscar-worthy with “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”

“He didn’t want his children to have such a life,” Mason Lee instructed the South China Morning Publish in 2021. “But he eventually supported me. After seeing my films, he will be frank with me, praising the good performances and damning the bad ones. I look forward to working with him on set again.”