Highly anticipated Chinese kung-fu action film brings martial arts icon Wong Fei Hung back on screen.

Universal Pictures International (UPI) is teaming up with Edko Films and Irresistible Films on Rise of the Legend.

Roy Chow’s highly anticipated Chinese kung-fu action film brings martial arts icon Wong Fei Hung back on screen and stars Peng Yuyan in the title role. Christine To wrote the screenplay.

Sammo Hung, Wang Luodan, Jing Boran, Wong Cho Lam and Zhang Jin also star, with special appearances by Tony Leung Ka-fai and Angelababy. 

UPI has acquired all rights in international territories, including North America but excluding Asia. It will be distributed and marketed in Asia by Edko Films.

Producer Bill Kong, head of Edko Films, commented: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Universal again. We collaborated with Universal back in 2006 and achieved optimal results. Released through Universal in the US, Fearless starring Jet Li was screened in over 1,800 theatres and ranked second place in its opening weekend, grossing over RMB200m at the box office during its run. 

“We think western audiences will respond to Rise of the Legend just as strongly as they did to Fearless. We are confident Rise of the Legend will revive the kung-fu genre and the modern Wong Fei Hung character portrayed by Peng Yuyan will appeal to moviegoers of all ages, local and abroad.”

UPI’s president of distribution Duncan Clark added: “We look forward to partnering with Edko and Irresistible to present Rise of the Legend to audiences around the world.  In China, the exponential growth in the local market presents great opportunities and Universal is committed to working with emerging and established partners to bring fresh and exciting projects to local audiences.”

Currently in post-production, the film is co-produced by Edko Films, Irresistible Films, UPI, vfxNova Digital Productions and BDI Films. It is set for release this year.