Mayhem master/bird wrangler John Woo has been working for almost a year (when he doesn’t get distracted with videogames and remakes of French New Wave cinema) putting together his historical film The Battle of Red Cliff, and he’s finally starting to gather humans to fill the ranks.

We’d heard last year that the great Chow Yun-Fat would be reuniting with his Hard Boiled helmer for the project playing the King of Shu (a kingdom outmanned during the titular scuffle), but now Woo also has reportedly drawn the likes of Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai, Batman Begins), along with ubiquitous Hong Kong actors Andy Lau (Infernal Affairs) and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (Hero).

The movie, budgeted under $50 million, is a historical epic that focuses on a legendary naval battle fought in
China over 1,500 years ago during the period of the Three Kingdoms, and tells of a cunning general who defeats vastly superior forces.

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