The Hong Kong tabloid Apple Daily is reporting that actor/martial artist Donnie Yen (“Hero,” “Shanghai Knights”,” “Ip Man”) has apparently signed on to Rian Johnson’s currently-untitled “Star Wars: Episode VIII” project. Yen’s role in the film is unknown at present.
Twitchfilm first picked up the report and adds that they’ve also heard murmurs about Chinese actors, including a major Asian male action star, being sought for the franchise – albeit for the more immediate first of the anthology films “Star Wars: Rogue One”.
Is the original report confusing Yen’s casting as being in ‘Episode VIII’ instead of ‘Rogue One’? Filming on Gareth Edwards’ ‘Rogue One’ is reportedly already underway in the UK whereas Rian Johnson’s film isn’t expected to begin shooting until the end of the year at the earliest.
If it is ‘Rogue One’, one thing the role will NOT be is that of a Jedi as Edwards has already confirmed that no Jedi will appear in the film.