Philip Ng will portray Bruce Lee in the George Nolfi-directed martial arts action movie “Birth of the Dragon” for Groundswell Productions and Kylin Films. Filming begins Tuesday in Vancouver.
The film recreates the mid-1960’s fight between Lee and Wong Jack Man from the point of view of McKee. After the fight, Lee reinvented himself and his style of kung fu which led to his worldwide fame.
Yu Xia will play Shaolin Master Wong Jack Man and Billy Magnussen will portray martial arts student Steve McKee. Jinging Qu plays the love interest of McKee’s character and Jin Xing will portray a crime boss.
“Ali” and “Nixon” scribes Christopher Wilkinson and Stephen J. Rivele penned the script, while action sequences will be designed by martial arts choreographer Corey Yuen.