One more Korean actor to make his entry into Hollywood! Yeon Jung Hoon (Vampire Prosecutor) has been cast in the film “Skiptrace” which also stars Jackie Chan. The film boasts an international cast that includes Fan Bing Bing and Johnny Knoxville.
The film is about a Hong Kong detective (Jackie Chan) who teams up with an American gambler (Knoxville) to save his niece (Fan Bing Bing), who’s gotten in trouble with a Hong Kong crime boss. It’s almost reminiscent of “Rush Hour”, although it has Knoxville as a gambler instead of a fellow detective. And I don’t find Knoxville as funny as Chris Tucker. Plus the director’s past work suggests that he’s a man of action, not comedy; Renny Harlin previously directed “Die Hard 2,” “Deep Blue Sea,” and “The Legend of Hercules.”
Seann William Scott (American Pie) was originally up for the role of the gambler but dropped out, and was replaced with a guy best known for his show (and movies) Jackass. Yeon Jung Hoon will play the right hand man of the crime boss, Willie. I think it’s kind of cool that he is the henchman who might do all the fighting and the dirty work. He already displayed his fighting skills in Vampire Prosecutor, and I think Yeon can pull off this slick look that’s not usually seen in bad guys.
It’s almost like Ramrowan (Thanayong Wongtrakul) in “The Man From Nowhere” – he’s actually really handsome, which is also unsettling because he’s really deadly. So I think Yeon could be the same kind of character: deceptively good looking, killer instincts.
The film has already begun shooting since September, but Yeon will join the crew in Beijing, Guangxi, Macau, Hong Kong, Mongolia, and other places tomorrow and shoot until mid-December. “Skiptrace” is slated to come out in 2016. If you can’t wait to see him on the big screens for that long, Yeon is also set to star in Korean film “Sweet Speeding” with Park Han Byul, which will come out in 2015.
Good luck Yeon Jung Hoon! Hope this film does well!