This morning, Deadline unveiled the first trailer for Birth of the Dragon, which recently made its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. Ostensibly, the film depicts the legendary fight between Bruce Lee (played by Philip Ng) and Wong Jack Man (Yu Xia). But because this is Hollywood, the movie is going to be told from the perspective of a white dude.
The Adjustment Bureau director George Nolfi has signed on to direct the Bruce Lee “biopic” Birth of the Dragon, an upcoming action movie inspired by one of the legendary martial artist’s most infamous real-life fights. The story of the match is told from the perspective of Steve Macklin. Wait, who the hell is Steve Macklin?
Birth of the Dragon is inspired by the true story of Lee’s historic 1965 Oakland duel with kung fu master Wong Jack Man — a fight that’s already been fodder for considerable mythmaking over the years. According to Variety, this tale is told from the perspective of Steve Macklin, a fictional young disciple of Lee, who ultimately joins forces with Lee and Wong to battle a vicious band of Chinatown gangsters. Um, okay.