GOLDEN EMPIRE: Action Icon Donnie Yen Enlists to Play a Notorious Crime Kingpin in the Upcoming Thriller

By: John M Jerva

Action and martial arts icon Donnie Yen hit the bullseye once again with the release of his instant classic Raging Fire which is set to debut on HI-YAH! on Friday. Now Action-Flix has some news on a new project that Yen is set to enlist for and you can check out the 411 below!

The new project is titled Golden Empire and it is currently being developed by hot and in demand screenwriter, Hongyu “Neo” Li. The film will see Yen star as a notorious crime kingpin who hits the top of the most wanted list for both the U.S. and Mexican governments and Li is creating this project in collaboration with Starlight Media who is responsible for Crazy Rich Asians as their in-house writer and creative executive.

This groundbreaking project will be the first major Narco film with an Asian lead. The film is set to explore the complexities of the Chinese Mexican character, who hits the top of the most wanted list in both the U.S. and Mexico. For Starlight – showcasing diversity in cinema, while retaining authenticity, has always been a primary focus.

Yen in a scene from Chasing the Dragon

Yen will also produce the film as well which definitely has the feel of Chasing the Dragon. That film saw Yen playing an “illegal immigrant from Mainland China sneaks into corrupt British-colonized Hong Kong in 1963, transforming himself into a ruthless and emerging drug lord.” That role was a true life story and Yen starred along with Andy Lau.

Golden Empire will be an English language film and will film mostly in the States.

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