Seemingly keen on building an acting resume, Mike Tyson has joined the cast of “Ip Man 3,” the 3rd film in a franchise that’s loosely based on the life of legendary Chinese martial artist Yip Man, a grandmaster of the martial art Wing Chun and Bruce Lee’s personal teacher.
“For the third installment in the ‘Ip Man’ series, we want to have an explosive fight, and Mike Tyson versus Donnie Yen fits the bill,” Pegasus Motion Pictures chairman and “Ip Man 3” producer Raymond Wong said to The Hollywood Reporter.
Principal photography for the film begun this week in Shanghai, China, with Tyson set to play what is said to be a major role in the film as a property developer who is also a street fighter.
Donnie Yen starred in the previous 2 “Ip Man” movies. I’ve seen both of them, and, in short, they’re ok with some cool fight sequences; but neither really adds much to the crowded history of martial arts movies. Although both were box office blockbusters in Hong Kong.
Tyson also co-stars in what has been dubbed Algeria’s first martial arts film, from French director Jean-Marc Mineo, titled “Gates of the Sun.”