According to his official blog (via Kungfucinema.com), Kane Kosugi (Choy Lee Fut, Ninja 2: Shadow of a Tear) has landed a starring role in Tekken: A Man Called X, which will serve as a prequel to 2010′s Tekken. The film, which is based on the popular Namco fighting game of the same name, will be Kosugi’s first lead role in a Hollywood feature.
Back in 2012, when Tekken: A Man Called X had the working title Tekken: Rise of the Tournament, THR reported that Prachya Pinkaew (Ong Bak) was attached to direct. Currently, it remains unknown if Pinkaew is still attached.
Kosugi is known for 2002′s Muscle Heat (aka Blood Heat), but he’s perhaps best known to North American audiences for being the son of Sho Kosugi, who had a string of successful ninja films for The Cannon Group, including 1983′s Revenge of the Ninja and 1984′s Ninja III: The Domination.
Tekken: A Man Called X is scheduled to begin shooting this month. We’ll keep you updated as we hear more!
Updates: Thanks to Film Combat Syndicate, we have reports (from Kane’s official blog), that Tekken: A Man Called X is NOT a Tekken prequel; it’s actually a standalone film (nothing to do with Tekken) titled Agent X. Of course, Kosugi is still in the lead.