'Rogue One' Star Donnie Yen to Play Undercover Cop in 'Sleeping Dogs' Adaptation

Square Enix's Hong Kong crime story gets a 'Star Wars' warrior monk in the lead role

Donnie Yen played Chirrut Îmwe in 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Donnie Yen, who played Chirrut Îmwe in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, will take the lead role in an upcoming movie take on Square Enix's Sleeping Dogs game. 

Sleeping Dogs was released in 2012 after a troubled development process (it started life as True Crime: Hong Kong at Activision but was cancelled there in 2011) and told the story of a former San Francisco cop going undercover with the Triads in Hong Kong. In the movie version Yen will also play the role of a cop, and a report from Deadline promises "martial arts fighting, racing, boat chases."

As well as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Yen has appeared in xXx: Return of Xander Cage, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny and the Ip Man series. He's a talented martial artist and trained with Jet Li's coach, Master Wu Bin.

The movie is being produced by Neal Moritz who also worked on the Fast & Furious franchise, Passengers and TV show Preacher.