Leung Returns for Woo’s Battle


Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, who quit director John Woo’s The Battle of Red Cliff last month, will rejoin the $70 million production following co-star Chow Yun-Fat’s sudden departure earlier this week.

Leung was set to be with the production in Hebei, outside the Chinese capital next week.

Producer Terence Chang would not say if Leung was rehired to replace Chow in the role of Zhou Yu. Leung previously was cast in the role of Zhuge Liang, but quit in March due to scheduling conflicts only to be replaced by actor Takeshi Kaneshiro.

A two-part production based on a decisive battle fought in China’s Three Kingdoms period (220-280AD), the film is Woo’s first Chinese language film after more than a decade.