Quentin Tarantino‘s new film has found its Bruce Lee.
Mike Moh (left), who played Ryu in Joey Ansah‘s Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist and Street Fighter: Resurrection, has joined the cast of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as the martial arts legend. Moh was at one point considered for the role of the Dragon in Birth of the Dragon before the role ultimately went to Hong Kong martial artist/actor Philip Ng.
Moh joins Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, Burt Reynolds, Kurt Russell, Timothy Olyphant, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Scoot McNairy and Al Pacino.
Once Upon a Time takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippie Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (DiCaprio), former star of a Western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt). Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor: Sharon Tate (Robbie).
For those who wonder how Lee gets in the mix, the martial artist was Tate’s trainer for the 1968 action film The Wrecking Crew. During that time, Lee was training celebrities in his martial art of Jeet Kune Do including Steve McQueen, James Coburn, and Roman Polanski.
Sony Pictures will release Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on August 9, 2019.