RZA, de facto leader of the Wu-Tang Clan, has been preparing for his feature film directorial debut for several years now. Those plans include a remake of Berry Gordy's The Last Dragon, which RZA has recruited Samuel L. Jackson to star in.
First up, however, will be The Man With the Iron Fist, a kung fu movie that directors Quentin Tarantino and Eli Roth have helped RZA put together. Director RZA will also play a "weapons-making village blacksmith in feudal China," and he has now announced one of his costars: Russell Crowe. The details of the movie or Crowe's role arent' yet known, but RZA said of Crowe, "I won't spoil it for you but Russell's gonna be the baddest man alive," continuing, "That man is in fighting shape. That man will knock you out." RZA also promises that The Man With the Iron Fist will not hold back on kung fu bloodiness and will definitely not be rated PG-13. It's worth mentioning that RZA's movie should not be confused with Iron Fist, another martial arts movie in the works that will be based upon the Marvel Comics character.
In addition to directing, RZA cowrote The Man With the Iron Fist with Eli Roth (Hostel; cowriter of Cabin Fever), who is also producing. The Man With the Iron Fist is a Universal Pictures production, and will start filming this December in Shanghai on a budget of $20 million.