According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chow Yun-Fat (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) has signed on to play Master Roshi in the live-action adaptation of Dragonball. Rounding out the cast are Justin Chatwin (Tom Cruise's exceedingly obnoxious son in War of the Worlds), James Marsters (Spike on Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Emmy Rossum (from such disaster movies as The Day After Tomorrow, Poseidon, and The Phantom of the Opera), and Jamie Chung. Marsters will play Piccolo, Rossum will play Bulma, Chung will play Chi-Chi. Master Roshi is Goku's mentor, and he "helps him achieve the highest state of fighting and spiritual powers." He's the Yoda of Dragonball, if you will. James Wong (Final Destination) wrote the screenplay and is directing the film.

The world of Dragonball has already been made into several anime series, animated feature films, a live-action Chinese movie, action figures, a collectible trading card game, comic books, and electronic games. The new film will focus on Goku (Chatwin, whose Caucasian-ness didn't set well with Cinematical commentors), "a warrior alien who protects the Earth from an endless stream of rogues bent on dominating the universe and controlling mystical objects known as Dragon Balls." Hm. I liked this movie better the first time when it was called Gandhi. I don't have much more to say on this project, so let me just ask you -- given the opportunity, do you think you would be able to handle Dragon Balls? Like if Dragon Balls were suddenly thrust into your face, would you know what to do with them? I am immature.

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