Directed by Michel Gondry, the film is scheduled to be released on January 14th, 2011. It is an adaptation of the radio and television character The Green Hornet.
Newspaper publisher Britt Reid moonlights as a masked crimefighter called The Green Hornet accompanied by his similarly masked valet, martial arts expert Kato. Despite his heroic intentions, he is considered so disreputable among legitimate law enforcement that he is able to talk casually with known criminals and even do business with them.
Seth Rogen as Britt Reid/The Green Hornet: The hero of the film; a newspaper publisher, who is secretly the masked crimefighter ‘The Green Hornet’.
Jay Chou as Kato: The Green Hornet’s valet and sidekick, who is expertly proficient in martial arts. Chou got the role after Stephen Chow, who was also set to direct the film, backed out of both responsibilities due to scheduling conflicts.
Cameron Diaz as Lenore “Casey” Case: While both the radio and television incarnations depicted the Casey as Britt Reid’s secretary and confidante, the character has been rewritten for the film as “an amateur gumshoe with a penchant for CSI-style TV, who will be unaware of the Reid/Hornet connection.”
Christoph Waltz as Benjamin Chudnofsky: A gangster villain created for the film that will reportedly attempt to join all of the mafias of Los Angeles together to form a “super-mafia.” Nicolas Cage was originally in talks to play the role of the famed villain, Mr. X.
Analeigh Tipton will play Anna Lee, Edward James Olmos will play Mike Axford, Tom Wilkinson will play Britt Reid’s father, and David Harbour has been cast in an unnamed role.
It was rumored that Adam Sandler will have a brief role in the film, but as this was before Gondry signed on as director, it is unknown if this will still occur.
Watch the trailer here: