Donnie Yen To Star in Film Adaptation of ‘Sleeping Dogs’

Square Enix’ open world action-adventure video game Sleeping Dogs is getting a film adaptation and action star Donnie Yen has reportedly been tapped to play the lead role.
The talented martial arts actor, who has recently starred in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “xXx: Return of Xander Cage”, may end up playing undercover Hong Kong-American police officer Wei Shen, the badass lead character of the game. In the video game version, actor Will Yun Lee portrayed the character.

The main story of the game revolves around a former San Francisco police officer who was transferred to the Hong Kong Police Force and assigned the task of infiltrating and destroying a Triad organization known as Sun On Yee. The game also features Shen’s love interest Amanda Cartwright, who was voiced by Emma Stone.

Here are two trailers for the game:

Originally released in 2012 for PlayStation 3, Windows PC and Xbox 360, Sleeping Dogs sold over 1.5 million copies in its first year. The game, set in contemporary Hong Kong, received generally positive reviews for its combat, voice acting, experience system and depiction of the city.

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American film production company Original Film will produce the movie version of the highly-acclaimed video game property, Deadline reports. The production outfit is most known for “The Fast and the Furious” franchise, “21 Jump Street”, and “Passengers”, among others.

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