Zhao is the new Queen in “Monkey King 3”

The Monkey King has a new queen to challenge in the upcoming threequel with returning director Soi Cheang.

At a press conference to announce the final casting for The Monkey King 3: Kingdom of Women, Cheang announced that Mainland TV star Zanilia Zhao Liying (left) will play the Queen of the Amazons in the film. The film will also bring back Aaron Kwok (right) as the titular Sun Wukong, who appeared in the original film as the Bull Demon King when Donnie Yen played the titular character in 2014. William Feng has also signed to return as Monk Tang Sanzang.

Also returning from Monkey King 2 are Him Law as Sha Wujing and Xiao Shenyang as Piggy, aka Zhu Baije. The films are based on the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West.

Shooting is scheduled to begin soon for a 2018 Lunar New Year release while The Monkey King 2 made its U.S. debut on digital HD this week from Well Go USA with a DVD/Blu-Ray release of January 3.

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