Top Director Ang Lee Enlists Son to Play Martial Arts Icon Bruce Lee

Ang Lee, the Oscar-winning director of Brokeback Mountain (2005) and Life of Pi (2012), is set to direct a biopic about Chinese-American martial arts legend Bruce Lee.

Ang’s son, Manson Lee, will play the action icon in the upcoming film, and the two do look alike — even though the three Lees are not related. And Bruce Lee’s daughter, Shannon Lee, is one of the film’s producers.

Bruce Lee, who died in 1973 at the age of 32, made a lasting impact on Hollywood, Chinese cinema, and martial arts during his lifetime.

Ang Lee was the first non-white filmmaker to win the Academy Award for Best Director and has claimed the honor twice so far.

His 32-year-old son Mason has also been nominated twice for the Golden Horse Award for Best Supporting Actor.  Mason has allegedly been training in Asia for the past three years for the role of Bruce Lee.

The announcement of this new Bruce Lee biopic has drawn considerable attention on Chinese social media platforms, and commenters’ reactions are primarily positive.

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