Ang Lee has cast son Mason Lee to play legendary film star Bruce Lee in a new biopic for Sony’s 3000 Pictures.
Written by Dan Futterman (Capote), the untitled film is a passion project for the Life of Pi and Hulk filmmaker who has long wanted to delve into a feature exploring Lee’s backstory.
“Accepted as neither fully American nor fully Chinese, Bruce Lee was a bridge between East and West who introduced Chinese Kung Fu to the world, a scientist of combat and an iconic performing artist who revolutionized both the martial arts and action cinema,” Lee told Deadline, who had the scoop. “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.”
Mason Lee, who appeared in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, The Hangover Part II, and most recently Taiwanese romantic comedy Stand By Me, has been training for the role for three years – all through lockdown.