News Randall Duk Kim to Play Dragonball's Grandpa Gohan
posted on 2008-01-30 16:40 EST
Randall Duk Kim, the actor best known for playing The Keymaker in The Matrix Reloaded, announced on his website that he will play Gohan in Twentieth Century Fox's live-action adaptation of Akira Toriyama's Dragonball manga. Kim will also voice a character named Oogway in DreamWorks Animation's Kung-Fu Panda computer-graphics film. Kim's Gohan character raised the main character Goku (Justin Chatwin) in the manga, and is not to be confused with Goku's more famous son of the same name.
In a separate development, the TV Guide magazine has interviewed actor James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) about his return to the Smallville television series as Brainiac and his anti-hero role of Lord Piccolo in the Dragonball movie. Marsters says, "I've been told I'm working for people who will just flay me alive if I give too much information, but what I can tell you is the character is green, bald, and has pointed ears. Heroic wouldn't be the wrong term by the end, but it's a long journey."
In addition to Chatwin, Marsters, and Kim, the cast includes Emmy Rossum (The Phantom of the Opera film, The Day After Tomorrow) as Bulma, Eriko Tamura (Heroes) as Mai, Jamie Chung (The Real World) as Chi Chi, Joon Park (Speed Racer) as Yamcha, and Chow Yun-Fat (A Better Tomorrow, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End) as Master Roshi. Shooting has begun in Mexico City, and the studio is planning for an August 15 release.