Dhe triple Oscar winner Ang Lee (68, “Brokeback Mountain”, “Life of Pi”) wants to shoot a biopic about movie star and martial arts icon Bruce Lee. Mason Lee, the director’s 32-year-old son, is said to be playing the lead role, according to US industry portals Variety and Deadline.com on Wednesday (local time).
Ang Lee said it was important to him to tell the story of this “brilliant” and “unique” man who worked hard to make “impossible dreams” come true. Bruce Lee was a bridge between East and West and revolutionized martial arts and action cinema.
Ang Lee has genre experience
Mason Lee’s roles include the comedy The Hangover 2 and Billy Lynn’s The World’s Tale, directed by his father.
The Taiwanese Ang Lee had already addressed martial arts in “Tiger & Dragon” (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”, 2000). The film won four Oscars, including Best Foreign Language Film.
Bruce Lee (1940-1973) made Hong Kong martial arts cinema world famous. He was the first martial arts superstar and a pioneer for Asian movie stars in Hollywood. After his untimely death at the age of 32, he became a legend with films such as “Death Greetings from Shanghai”, “The Death Fist of Cheng Li” and “The Man with the Death Claw”.
As an Asian in show business, he fought against many prejudices and racisms in Hollywood.