Tony Leung joins fantasy adventure sequel “Monster Hunt 2”

Hong Kong superstar Tony Leung Chiu-wai joins the cast of the highly anticipated film “Monster Hunt 2”.

The film is the sequel to the second most successful Chinese film of all time, Monster Hunt”.

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“Monster Hunt” came out in 2015 and grossed a whopping $385 million worldwide. The fantasy comedy adventure won numerous awards including Best Director at the Hong Kong Film Awards for Raman Hui. Hui will reclaim the directorial reigns for the upcoming sequel. Bai Baihe (“Love is Not Blind”) and Jing Boran (“Time Raiders”) will reprise their roles as amateur monster-hunter Hua Xiaolan (Baihe) and as village mayor Song Tianyin (Boran).

The plot of “Monster Hunt 2” will begin a week after the end of the first film. It will follow the exciting new adventures of the monster king Wuba and its family. According to Variety, Tony Leung will play a pivotal character who changes the course of the monster king’s journey.

Many are excited with Leung’s addition to the cast. Leung is a prolific actor known for his masterful work with auteur Wong Kar-wai. His collaborations with Wong include the martial arts drama “The Grandmaster and the modern classic “In The Mood for Love”—which earned Leung the Best Actor award at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. Leung has also appeared in a myriad of award-winning films including “Infernal Affairs”, “Lust, Caution”, and Hero”.

Li Yuchun (“Bodyguards and Assassins”), Tono Yang (“Cold War 2”), Huang Lei (“A Love For Separation”), Song Xiaobao (“Jian Bing Man”), Da Peng (“I Am Not Madam Bovary”), Liu Yan (I Belonged To You), singers Chris Li Yuchun and Wu Mochouas well as boy band X-Nine also join the ensemble.

“Monster Hunt 2” will storm theaters on 2018. A third film is also set for release at a later date.