When word broke last year that funny person Seth Rogen would play media mogul-turned-crime fighter Britt Reid in the latest incarnation of 'The Green Hornet' -- first a radio show in the '40s, then a TV show in the 60s -- the first thing we thought was: huh? Then we found out that Michel Gondry ('Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind') took over for 'Kung Fu Hustle's' Stephen Chow as the director, and we knew right then we were in for a different kind of super hero movie.

With Taiwanese multi-talent Jay Chou stepping into the role of the Hornet's sidekick, Kato (a role made famous in the '60s by Bruce Lee), Cameron Diaz as secretary/amateur detective Lenore "Casey" Case, and Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz as Benjamin Chudnofsky -- the LA gangster Kato and the Hornet set their sights on taking down -- the ingredients for the film seemed as unmatched as they were intriguing.

But the question remained: Will 'The Green Hornet' mix the same kind of action and humor that made 'Iron Man' such a success, or do we have another 'Jonah Hex' on our hands? Let's watch the trailer and find out. When word broke last year that funnyman Seth Rogen would play media mogul-turned-crime fighter Britt Reid in the latest incarnation of 'The Green Hornet' -- first a radio show in the '40s, then a TV show in the 60s -- the first thing we thought was: huh? Then we found out that Michel Gondry ('Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind') took over for 'Kung Fu Hustle's' Stephen Chow as the director, and we knew right then we were in for a different kind of super hero movie.

With Taiwanese multi-talent Jay Chou stepping into the role of the Hornet's sidekick, Kato (a role made famous in the '60s by Bruce Lee), Cameron Diaz as secretary/amateur detective Lenore "Casey" Case and Oscar winner Christoph Waltz as Benjamin Chudnofsky -- the LA gangster Kato and the Hornet set their sights on taking down -- the ingredients for the film seemed as unmatched as they were intriguing.

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But the question remained: Will 'The Green Hornet' mix the same kind of action and humor that made 'Iron Man' such a success, or do we have another 'Jonah Hex' on our hands? Let's watch the trailer and find out.


While in recent years Michel Gondry's been known for his off-beat imagination and innovative visual style, from what we see in the early moments of 'The Green Hornet' trailer, he (and everyone else) seem to be playing it pretty mainstream, which is normally a good thing when it comes to super hero flicks (Ang Lee's 'The Hulk,' anyone?). Young, overprivileged Britt Reid finds himself forced out of his life of parties and excess when his father dies, leaving him a vast media empire, a 'Swiss Army Knife' right hand man in Kato, and a secret cache of high-tech toys and weaponry, which leads Britt Reid to the conclusion that with great power comes great responsibility. Thus, the Green Hornet is born.

Yet, as the trailer goes on and we're exposed to more of the Hornet's gadgetry, its easy to see how Gondry's imagination and Rogen's brand of wit play off one another quite well, as shown in the "gas gun" scene, in which Rogen's comic timing and Gondry's creative detail take center stage. And Rogen's got a nice chemistry with Chou, which is necessary if you have to take down the likes of an evil Christoph Waltz and still keep your wits about you.

'The Green Hornet' hits theaters in early 2011.