Donnie Yen in Star Wars Episode VIII

Donnie Yen

Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen is to star in Episode VIII of the Star Wars franchise, said a report.

According to Apple Daily, Yen is expected to be in London early next month to start film work.

He will play a Chinese Jedi who meets iconic character Han Solo and becomes his ally, said Apple.

The newspaper did not cite any sources or official confirmation for its story today, and named Harrison Ford as returning to play Han Solo.

It said Yen won the role over eight other actors including Jet Li, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Wang Leehom, Chang Chen, Daniel Wu and Stephen Chow.

Read the full article at The Straits Times