Casting directors are now casting the lead role of Bruce Lee in the upcoming biopic, ‘Birth of the Dragon“.

From the director of The Adjustment Bureau comes BIRTH OF THE DRAGON. Produced by Groundswell Productions, the producers of The Illusionist, Milk and Sideways, and Kylin Films. Written by the Oscar nominated writers of Nixon and Ali and casting by Joanna Colbert and PoPing AuYoung.

In San Francisco in the 1960s, a legendary fight took place between Bruce Lee and Wong Jack Man. It occurred in an abandoned warehouse before twelve witnesses, no two of whom could agree on what actually happened. But it changed the history of martial arts. This story is inspired by that fight.Birth of the Dragon

 

‘Birth of The Dragon’ will be directed by George Nolfi. In 2004, he adapted his spec screenplay Honor Among Thieves (previously considered as a John Woo vehicle) into the sequel to Ocean’s Eleven called Ocean’s Twelve.[2] He has also written screenplays for Timeline and The Sentinel. He co-wrote The Bourne Ultimatum with Tony Gilroy, and Scott Z. Burns. Nolfi is set to direct a projected horror film entitled, XOXO, which is being produced by Darren Aronofsky and written by Black Swan writer Mark Heyman.

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Bruce Lee is known for his roles in five feature-length films: Lo Wei’s The Big Boss (1971) and Fist of Fury (1972); Golden Harvest’s Way of the Dragon (1972), directed and written by Lee; Golden Harvest and Warner Brothers’ Enter the Dragon (1973) and The Game of Death (1978), both directed by Robert Clouse.

Bruce Lee became an iconic figure known throughout the world, particularly among the Chinese, as he portrayed Chinese nationalism in his films. 

He trained in the art of Wing Chun and later combined his other influences from various sources, in the spirit of his personal martial arts philosophy, which he dubbed Jeet Kune Do (The Way of the Intercepting Fist).

He died in Kowloon Tong on July 20, 1973 at the very young age of 32.

“Birth of the Dragon” is inspired by the true story of Bruce Lee’s legendary duel with China’s most famous kung fu master, Wong Jack Man, in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Told from the perspective of one of Lee’s disciples, the film then follows Lee as he takes on a vicious band of Chinatown gangsters. Utilizing real-life events and characters, the film blends fiction with reality to create an original story that breaks the mold of the traditional biopic.

Casting directors are looking for a young Bruce Lee between the ages of 20 to 30 years old. An experienced martial artist highly desired but not required.

To audition for a role check out the full casting call here.

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  1. Why? There have been about 1/2 dozen bio-pics of Bruce Lee and none of them agree with each other. Yes, he was good and he was fast. Yes, he made kung fu look like real fighting in the movies. But to worship him as “the greatest” is unrealistic. Many could do what Bruce Lee did. (Look a the film “Kentucky Fried Movie” and the section “A Fist Full of Yen” with Evan Kim.) I recall an interview with Jackie Chan on Charlie Rose’s show. All Jackie Chan said about Bruce Lee was that he made fighting look more like real fighting and that Bruce Lee helped to get Jackie’s stunt group started in films. If it wasn’t for Bruce Lee’s ideas kung fu films would still be people flying over houses and Jackie Chan and Jet Li would probably not be doing films. So, let’s let Bruce Lee lie in peace. We don’t need another film about him to promote the mythology of Bruce Lee.

  2. He was the one who started it all. Bruce was the one who started introducing martial arts to the world. Jackie, Donnie Yen, & Jet Li were all inspired by this man. MMA and UFC wouldn’t be a competition or thought as a sport have not Bruce introduce his kung fu and martial arts. His name is already fading and people of this generation don’t even know who he is. It would be nice to introduce the man who started it all to our new generation.

  3. Tim:
    I’ve met young people who still think Bruce Lee was “the greatest.” As I said and as I repeated from Jackie Chan He made Kung Fu look like real fighting. I doubt that they’ll tell the truth about him. I studied with Grandmaster Wong, Ark-yuey and taught all of his private classed for more than 10 years. He knew Bruce Lee, his wife and kids. He said that when he knew Bruce Lee he was nothing but a “skinny, smart-mouthed kid.” He went to Hong Kong and when he came back a year later he had all these muscles. I was told by one of Sifu’s students that Bruce Lee came into the old studio on Ord Street in Chinatown in L.A. (where I started) that Bruce Lee came in wanting to rent his studio to train his movie stars (e.g. James Coburn). Sifu didn’t allow it and Lee went storming out calling this respected Grandmaster a “stupid old man.” Of course they are going to whitewash his life. Are they going to tell about Lee’s trysts in Hong Kong with Chinese actresses while his wife was back her raising the kids? Are they going to tell about the disrespect that he showed to the Masters in Hong Kong? Of course not. All they’ll talk about is the fantasy of Bruce Lee. The fact is Bruce Lee introduced Kung Fu to the world (but he wasn’t really doing Kung Fu because he refused the actual training). The fact is Japanese and Okinawan Karate were also known to the world. Kung Fu was that of legend. Kung Fu was not allowed at the tournaments because it was considered too deadly. The fact is, when Bruce Lee was making movies Jackie Chan began making them as well. I recall the guys at the studio getting together to go to the local theater to see the new Jackie Chan movies. Jackie Chan was doing what was closer to the real art. The fact is Bruce Lee didn’t even do all the fighting that you see on the screen. Jackie Chan did much of it in the early films.There’s a lot more but my point is that They’re going to gloss over the man for the fantasy and it is important to show the type of person he was..

  4. Woolong, I was studying Kung Fu with Grandmaster Wong when Bruce Lee was filming “Enter the Dragon.” The information that I stated (above) much of it was common knowledge. Bruce Lee died in the bed of one of the Chinese actresses he was having an affair with. John Leonig, John Chan, Hawkins Chang, and a couple of others were Lee’s close friends in Hong Kong. Hawkins said the main reason that they liked being around Lee was for the women. He also said that Lee would start fights on the street and they’d have to finish them because he didn’t want to get his face cut up. Lee studied Wing Chun (Ving Tsun) with Master Yip Man. Yip Man liked Lee until Lee tried to out do him. As they were playing Chi Sao (“sticky hands”) Lee tried to counter the moves. Yip Man knew what was happening immediately and push Lee away and told him not to come back. Lee’s friends talked to the Master and Yip Man allowed him back in. During another session of Chi Sao Lee did the same thing again and he was told never to come back to the school again. This time there was no allowing him back. What happened is that his friends, after each class would go over with Lee what they learned in the class. Lee’s “Jeet Kune Do” is Wing Chun Kung Fu. Contact: http://www.nononsenseselfdefense.com/. Talk to Marc. He’ll back up everything. He knew Hawkins and studied with him.

  5. This comes from a guy who calls himself The Eye of Horus, wink…wink… Or should I say hoodwinked. Did you conjure up that story or was it MK implanted? I find it interesting that you studied with Wong; which apparently gave you inside info, and you decide to come onto a Bruce Lee casting page and use it to assassinate Bruce’s character. I don’t know how much your handlers pay you, but did they tell you who murdereded Bruce and then Brandon when he found out? Honest question there bub.

  6. As the Jack Nicholson character told the Tom Cruise character in “A Few Good Men” “You can’t handle the truth.” Neither Bruce Lee or his son Brandon were murdered. Brandon Lee’s demise was a very sad accident. His father’s death was caused by a cerebral hemorrhage. No one knows for sure exactly what caused it. It is a fact that Bruce Lee did study with Yip Man and it is a fact that Yip Man threw him out of the kwoon twice. After the first time John Chan, John Leonig and the group that was with Bruce Lee talked Yip Man to take Lee back. Well, Yip Man threw him out again when he tried the same thing that got him thrown out before. So, after that whenever the group would have their class they would teach Lee whatever they learned. Lee thought he knew more than the masters who spent years learning the art. The fact is he was not a respected martial artist in China. His biggest following in Hong Kong were the street thugs. Bruce Lee was a horribly insecure person. That’s why he projected this bigger than life persona to the world. If you ever saw the B & W interview that he did you would see an arrogant, angry person. I wish I was getting paid for presenting the facts about Bruce Lee. What I have stated was all common knowledge before and after he died. He was not very faithful to Linda when he was in China. He died in the bed of his latest squeeze (I think it was Angela Mao). The point is, here we have another movie about Bruce Lee and it will whitewash his character as they usually do. There are a lot of rumors I could state but I chose not to. The facts are what is important.

  7. Truth is my job. You seem to find comfort in long drawn out answers to very simple questions. Bruce was killed by arsenic poisoning and I’m sure you’re familiar with it’s Atomic number. I’ll leave it at that. Your name suggests that you suffer from the very mechanism that you claim plagued Lee; the God complex, as it invokes control over the Sun, Moon and stars themselves. However, it is a symptom of a virus called perceptual control. Those of us immune to this virus cannot be “hoodwinked”.

  8. Here’s what Linda Lee (Bruce’s wife) said about his death:”Bruce died from cerebral edema caused by hypersensitivity to an ingredient in a prescription medication called Equagesic.” Equagesic combines aspirin with a muscle relaxant (pretty much a minor tranquilizer). It does not contain arsenic. Instead of criticising me you don’t present anything near the truth to back up your claim as truth being your job. The name I chose (Eye of Horus) is based on the Egyptian mystical symbol of the right eye of Horus, not on any kind of “God complex.” I made my point right off. There have already been enough movies about Bruce Lee’s life and all of them have whitewashed the person he was. Talk about a “god complex”: “Those of us immune to this virus (perceptual control) cannot be ‘hoodwinked.'” Hoodwinked into what? So, what is the truth about Bruce Lee?

  9. Good for you, you parrot the “official” narrative well. I don’t need education on the eye of Ra, it’s association with deception is well documented. And if you don’t know what hoodwinked means, look it up, although I doubt Wikipedia gives it’s true origin. If you want to know the truth about Bruce Lee you need to venture beyond documents and statements designed to be easily accepted, as you are on a disinformation campaign against Bruce; I doubt you will.

  10. There’s no need to explain anything to you. You know everything (talk about a god complex). All you have to do is make a statement and that makes it factual. Re: Bruce Lee, apparently you knew him and all of his friends in Hong Kong personally. After all, you are a conspiracy theorist and you don’t have to verify what you say. That site you listed above has nothing to do with Bruce Lee. It is a conspiracy site which connects non-existent dots. You criticise the name I chose but yours indicates you think you are one of those “indigo children.” Talk about hoodwinking.

  11. I verify everything I say on a daily basis, however in order to understand the verification you need to use more than one side of your brain. That site has nothing to do with Bruce Lee to you because 1. If you read it you dismissed it as offends your cognitive resonance. And 2. It makes no sense because your scope doesnt have the ability to use the information in context. I’m sure you will not attempt to broaden your scope because your mind has already been made for you. You see conspiracy because the pill you have been given says it is so. Esoteric knowledge cannot be given, it has to be earned. As far as my name goes, you’re hardly on the level to comment. If you’re not already a Mason, maybe you should start there, at least you’ll figure out what your name really means.

  12. I verify everything I say on a daily basis, however in order to understand the verification you need to use more than one side of your brain. That site has nothing to do with Bruce Lee to you because 1. If you read it you dismissed it as offends your cognitive resonance. And 2. It makes no sense because your scope doesnt have the ability to use the information in context. I’m sure you will not attempt to broaden your scope because your mind has already been made for you. You see conspiracy because the pill you have been given says it is so. Esoteric knowledge cannot be given, it has to be earned. As far as my name goes, you’re hardly on the level to comment. If you’re not already a Mason, maybe you should start there, at least you’ll figure out what your name really means.

  13. I have no intentions of responding to anything more that you write. You don’t want to communicate, you want to be right all of the time. Thomas Aquinas wrote: Beware the man of one book. If you have only one point of view (yours is conspiracy theories) you will see conspiracies everywhere. Responding is a waste of my time and effort and you should see that responding with me is the same.

  14. And you think you know me. I write: Some people are taught that 2+2=5 and some people are taught how to do math. You can try to figure out who knows the math and who thinks they know the answer, but unless you already know the math; you won’t know the difference. So get back in line and go back to sleep. Your normalcy bias will take things from here.

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