September 19, 2008 at 12:00 PM EDT

Kung Fu Hustle director Stephen Chow will direct and costar opposite Seth Rogen in The Green Hornet for Sony Pictures. Chow, Asia’s top comedy star, will be filling the role of Kato, made famous by Bruce Lee in the 1960s television show. The move to cast and collaborate with such a huge international star underscores Hollywood’s interest in appealing to the broadest possible worldwide audience. Chow will direct the script from Rogen and his writing partner, Evan Goldberg. Sony has slated the movie for a June 2010 release. Production is set to begin in the spring.

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