Hong Kong’s Universe Films has unveiled the cast for Benny Chan’s upcoming action film The Cartel War, which will star Louis Koo, Lau Ching Wan and Nick Cheung.

Koo will play a police captain in Hong Kong’s narcotics division who begins to suspect that the drugs lord he is investigating might be a former cop (Cheung) whom everyone believes is dead. Lau plays a former narcotics division chief who helps him with the case.

The $16m film is scheduled to start shooting in the fourth quarter of this year for release over Chinese New Year 2014.

Koo and Lau also star in Universe’s upcoming 3D fire-fighting action movie, Inferno, to be directed by the Pang Brothers. Angelica Lee is also starring in the $18m film which is scheduled to start shooting in July for release in December 2013.

Oxide Pang, one half of the Pang Brothers duo, is also directing $5m suspense action film Conspirators in Malaysia and mainland China, with delivery expected towards the end of this year. Aaron Kwok and Nick Cheung star in the film which is a spin-off from Pang’s 2007 The Detective C+.

Meanwhile Danny Pang’s cop thriller Fairy Tale Killer, starring Lau Ching Wan and Elanne Kwong, opened in Hong Kong on May 10.