In 2016, director Ken Ochiai gave us Saigon Bodyguards, a Vietnamese action-comedy about two bodyguards who are tasked with guarding an important heir to a fortune, and get into all kinds of shenanigans along the way. Now, we’re getting the American version, with one of our biggest American superstars to boot. Deadline reports that Chris Pratt will star alongside Chinese superstar Wu Jing in the Universal Pictures remake of Saigon Bodyguards, with Pratt’s MCU collaborators Joe and Anthony Russo going along for the ride as producers.
While we’re well accustomed to Pratt’s blockbuster schtick by this point, thanks to self-effacing blockbuster turns in titles like Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World, Wu may be a new face to many Western filmgoers. Beyond a small role in the American-produced The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Wu is likely best known for starring and directing in the Chinese blockbuster film series Wolf Warrior, the second of which the Russo Brothers served as consultants on. Thus, Saigon Bodyguards sounds like a perfect introduction of this global scale of filmmaking and stardom into the American, Western-centric view of power in the entertainment industry. The Russos and Wu are making a play for our eyeballs and attention, combining the biggest in Vietnamese, Chinese, and yes, American cinema to do so. Will it be worth the effort?