Yo ho! PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN sequels to cast Chow Yun Fat as a Chinese pirate?

The latest POTC casting rumor has Gore Verbinski flying to Hong Kong to approach renowned Chinese actor Chow Yun Fat about appearing in the POTC sequels. Chow Yun Fat is familiar to U.S. audiences for his starring roles in CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON; ANNA AND THE KING; and BULLETPROOF MONK. The actor’s wife, Jasmin Chan Wui-nin, reports that Jerry Bruckheimer and Gore Verbinski first spoke to Chow’s management company in the U.S. two months ago; then, last week, director Verbinski flew to Hong Kong to discuss the screenplay with Chow. The POTC character is apparently inspired by a famous Chinese pirate named Cheung Po Tsai. Thanks to Hong Kong Zoner emosniw for breaking the casting news, and to Gilbert’s Girl for posting the followup story on the News & Views forum.

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