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Sleeping what now?

I don't blame you if you haven't heard of the game. Sleeping Dogs was a sleeper hit of the last generation. It was an open world crime simulator in the vein of Grand Theft Auto, although unlike Grand Theft Auto, you were playing a character involved in a relatively grounded and serious story. It was one of my personal favorite games of its genre, and is definitely worth a try if you have even the slightest interest in open world games or games set in a modern day Asia. Unfortunately, while it got a remaster on current generation systems, it still hasn't seen a proper sequel.

The Hong Kong setting set the game apart from its contemporaries.
The Hong Kong setting set the game apart from its contemporaries.

It is, however, now scheduled to receive a movie adaptation. Martial artist Donnie Yen has been chosen to portray protagonist Wei Shen.

Made for the Part

This is an interesting choice. The game version of Wei Shen was already voiced by an American actor and martial artist - Will Yun Lee - so the decision to go with someone else must mean that they're looking for some heavier star power. Yen most recently portrayed the force sensitive Chirrut Îmwe in Star Wars: Rogue One, and has been in plenty of other well known movies, such as Blade II (as Snowman) and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (as Silent Wolf). If anyone is qualified to play Wei, who pulls off some pretty heavy stunts in the game itself, it's him.

Wei Shen kicks some ass in 'Sleeping Dogs'.
Wei Shen kicks some ass in 'Sleeping Dogs'.
Donnie Yen kicks some ass in 'Flash Point.'
Donnie Yen kicks some ass in 'Flash Point.'

A Conflicted Criminal

Wei Shen stands out among other protagonists of GTA-like games in that he's not really a criminal, but rather a member of the Hong Kong police, working undercover. His inner conflict between the bonds he forms in the criminal underworld and his duty to his job as a police officer is central to the story of Sleeping Dogs, and makes him a comparatively nuanced character to follow. While he is a cop, he's not afraid to shoot or punch his way through a problem, leading him into some pretty intense situations - up to and including motorcycle chases and getting involved in street brawls. I don't think it's a stretch to make the assumption that Sleeping Dogs and its protagonist will provide the perfect backdrop for a good Hong Kong cop drama on the silver screen.

The film is currently in discussion, so it's not set in stone yet. I hope it ends up happening, though. I'm always down for some more Sleeping Dogs.

Sleeping Dogs is currently available on PS4, XBox One, and PC.

Source: Deadline


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