After many delays and set backs, including the loss of a director, the search for a new one, an extensive search for a new Kato and a release date pushed back from the summer of 2010 to the winter of 2010, principal photography has actually begun on The Green Hornet, according to a press release from Columbia Pictures.
The Seth Rogen vehicle, which Rogen scripted with his Superbad and Pineapple Express co-writer Evan Goldberg, had originally been set to be directed by Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer helmer Stephen Chow. Chow dropped out, to be replaced by Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep director Michel Gondry. The role of Kato finally went to Taiwanese pop singer and star of Curse of the Golden Flower, Jay Chou.
In addition to Rogen, The Green Hornet stars Cameron Diaz, and Edward James Olmos. War of the Worlds, The Quantum of Solace and Revolutionary Road vet David Harbour has recently joined the cast, as has Tom Wilkinson, who played Boss Carmine Falcone in Batman Begins and who has worked with Gondry before on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
The Green Hornet is now scheduled to open December 17, 2010