Big Trouble for More R.I.P.D. Casting News

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James Hong, Big Trouble for More R.I.P.D. Casting NewsMore casting news is coming in for R.I.P.D., and this time it doesn’t involve a hot chick. Sorry, Ryan Reynolds. You’ll just have to cope with the fact that you’re not going to be completely surrounded by babes.

According to The Hollywood Reporter James Hong (pictured right), the veteran Asian-American actor who has appeared in cult classics such as Blade Runner and Big Trouble in Little China and more, has joined the cast of Universal’s latest supernatural comedy.

He joins the previously announced Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker, Marisa Miller, and Stephanie Szostak.

Robert Schwentke is directing the project, which follows a murdered cop (Reynolds) who is recruited to work in the Rest in Peace Department, a police force comprised of ghosts who battle spirits unready to depart this world. Jeff Bridges is playing Reynolds’ ghostly partner.

Hong will play “Grandpa Chen,” Reynolds’ avatar, the form humans see when Reynolds’ character goes about his business. Miller is Bridges’ avatar, and Szostak portrays Reynolds’ wife, who can sense that he is still around and with whom he is trying to communicate in regard to his murder.

Universal Pictures’ supernatural farce has been scheduled for June 28th, 2013. More soon.

Comic Synopsis
Welcome to the Rest in Peace Department–the devoted, yet dead, officers of divine law enforcement “patrolling the deadbeat … reporting to one boss.” Yep–THAT boss. Nick Cruz died an untimely death at the height of his personal and professional life. Why did he join the R.I.P.D.? Well, not knowing the identity of his killer has left his soul a bit … restless. Now he hunts some of the most fiendish creatures, hoping for the chance to find out who set him up so he can get into heaven.

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