The Sleeping Dogs Movie is Underway
Almost a year ago, we told you about the development of a video game movie starring one of this generation’s greatest martial arts actors. Donnie Yen will star in the movie based on the hit game by Square Enix and United Front Games: Sleeping Dogs. It has been very quiet since that information was revealed March 2017. Today, we learned that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story star Donnie Yen confirmed that a movie adaptation of Sleeping Dogs is now officially underway.
Yen is known for his work in the Rogue One Star Wars film as well as his role in the Ip Man series. Judging by Donnie’s post below, he looks like a perfect fit for the role. Yen shared his post on Instagram that shows two side-by-side images that make a clear reference to his upcoming role in the Sleeping Dogs movie. If the images themselves weren’t enough of a hint, Yen captioned the post with a direct reference to the acclaimed game.
“Sometimes great things take a bit of time,” Yen wrote on Instagram. “Sleeping Dog is motion, you guys ready for this?”
In addition to sharing the images on his Instagram account, Yen shared similar messages on his Twitter and Facebook account.
While Yen’s exact role in the film hasn’t been officially announced, it is reasonable to assume that he’ll be taking on the role of Wei Shen, the game’s protagonist. Shen operates as an undercover police officer working to infiltrate the Hong Kong Triads in Sleeping Dogs, a character that’s equipped for martial arts bouts, high-speed races, and everything else that the game throws at him. Considering the character’s traits and the roles that Yen is known for, it’s easy to see why the popular actor would be selected to star in the movie.
The Sleeping Dogs game was initially released back in 2012 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC, though it was later re-released for the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One in the form of a new Definitive Edition. Details on the rest of the movie’s cast as well as the team working to produce it haven’t been confirmed, though it was initially reported that Neal Moritz’ company Original Film was responsible for producing the movie.
What do you think? Will you see this movie?