News broke recently in The Hollywood Reporter that after thirteen years of waiting, Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson are going to be reunited in Shanghai Dawn, which follows on from the martial arts Western Shanghai Noon and its London-based sequel Shanghai Knights.
The original Shanghai Noon was a surprise hit and helped to solidify Jackie Chan's Hollywood credentials after the highly successful Rush Hour with Chris Tucker, also providing a breakout role for the comic talent of Wilson. Together they made an expert comedy couple, Chan providing amusement in action (usually taking whatever comes to hand) where Wilson provides laughs through dialogue. Shanghai Knights, although less well-received than Shanghai Noon, still grossed over $88 million dollars. The excitement of the new film is knowing that due to the absurdity of the characters, the setting could be possibly anywhere, allowing the two to get in more and more silly hijinks.
Watch The Barnstorming Trailer For Shanghai Noon:
With thirteen busy years having passed between this announcement and Shanghai Knights, its worth looking at what both stars have been up to. Lets just say they've been busy!
Before Shanghai Noon and Rush Hour, Jackie Chan was already a legendary martial arts star, with films such as Police Story, Rumble in The Bronx and The Legend of Drunken Master to his name. Nevertheless in the years that have followed, he has built up his name to become an institution in both Hollywood and Chinese cinema, making him one of the biggest crossover stars of all time.
Watch The Swashbuckling Trailer For Shanghai Knights Here:
After the original Shanghai Noon, Chan starred in Rush Hour 2, which grossed over $347 million worldwide, spawning a third film in 2006, and Around The World in 80 Days (2004) with Steve Coogan. He also voiced himself in a fairly popular animated series known as Jackie Chan Adventures, helping to cement himself as a pop culture icon. Frustrated a little with the lack of diversity he had in Hollywood, he started his own production company named JCE (Jackie Chan entertainment) Movies Limited, and went on to produce and sometimes star in more dramatically challenging films such as Enter the Phoenix, Everlasting Regret, and Little Big Soldier. Most ambitiously, he produced and co-directed 1911 (2011), a tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution. Sadly this film was critically panned.
In Hollywood, he also starred in action-comedy The Spy Next Door, voiced the master monkey in Kung Fu Panda (2008), the teacher of Jaden Smith in The Karate Kid (2010), and was the hero in the big-budget, Chinese-American production The Forbidden Kingdom (2008), also starring Jet Li. Most recently he starred opposite Johnny Knoxville in The Foreigner. It appears for Chan that he is allowed to produce and star in the kinds of movies he wants in Hong-Kong and China, yet also trades off his immense like-ability and marketable persona in Hollywood too.
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Shanghai Noon marked Wilson's big introduction onto the world stage, after smaller roles in films such as Bottle Rocket, Anaconda and Armageddon. Immediately after starring in Shanghai Noon, Wilson went on to flex his comic chops in Meet The Parents and the vastly successful Zoolander - two of his many collaborations with Ben Stiller which would later include Starsky & Hutch, Meet The Fockers and Night at the Museum.
He worked on the Oscar-nominated screenplay for The Royal Tenenbaums with Wes Anderson, and would later star in Anderson films such as The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, The Fantastic Mr Fox and The Grand Budapest Hotel. These are generally considered, in contradistinction to more mainstream fare such as The Wedding Crashers, Cars, Marley & Me and Drillbit Taylor to be some of the best work of his career, along with working with auteurs Paul Thomas Anderson in Inherent Vice (2012) and putting in his best performance with Woody Allen in Midnight In Paris (2011), for which he was nominated for a Golden-Globe. Throughout his career he has not so much changed his droll schtick as refined it and put it to great use, moving between the mainstream and the independent world with ease.
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Source: Hollywood Reporter