Jackie Chan's son, Jaycee Chan, is making his feature acting debut alongside his father in Emperor Multimedia Group's The Twins Effect II (working title) - the sequel to last year's blockbuster action comedy - which is scheduled to start shooting next week.
The US$10m martial arts action adventure reteams Hong Kong pop stars Charlene Choi and Gillian Chung - collectively known as Twins - with several talents from the original film including Chan and Hong Kong idol Edison Chen, who will both make guest appearances.
The film will also star Donnie Yen who co-directed the first film and is set to do battle with Jackie Chan in the second. Tony Leung Ka-Fai (The Lover), Daniel Wu (Gen-X Cops) and young Taiwanese actor Chen Bo-lin (Blue Gate Crossing) have also joined the cast.
While the first Twins Effect movie was co-directed by Yen and Dante Lam, the second will pool the talents of veteran action filmmaker Corey Yuen and Patrick Leung. Production will continue until April in mainland China and the film is scheduled for a summer 2004 Asian theatrical release.
Arclight Films, which sold The Twins Effect to most major international territories, is also handling the second film.
The Twins Effect was the second highest grossing film in Hong Kong last year - behind Finding Nemo - with a tally of US$3.7m. Universal Pictures International bought the film for the UK, Australia, Germany, Italy and Scandinavia while Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment has North American rights.