Not only is he going to voice a character in the American-Chinese computer-animated action comedy martial arts film, the singer-songwriter will also be singing its theme song.
According to ECNS News, DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg announced that “The Voice Of China” coach was invited to record the song due to his popularity and his style of music that suits the movie’s concept.
Chou will also be doing the Chinese voice-over of The Furious Five’s Monkey who assist protagonist panda Po in his various adventures and escapades. Jackie Chan is voicing Monkey in the English version, but he will also doing the voice-over of Panda Po’s father in the Chinese version. Other cast members for the Chinese version of the film include Huang Lei, Yang Mi, Jiang Wu, Zhang Guoli, Zhu Zhu and the Chopstick Brothers.
Chou is very excited about the project as this will be first time writing a theme song for an animated film and doing a voice-over.
Co-directed by Alessandro Carloni and Jennifer Yuh, the animated film begins after Po reunites with his long-lost father.
The official synopsis is as follows:
WHEN PO’S LONG-LOST PANDA FATHER SUDDENLY REAPPEARS, THE REUNITED DUO TRAVELS TO A SECRET PANDA PARADISE TO MEET SCORES OF HILARIOUS NEW PANDA CHARACTERS. BUT WHEN THE SUPERNATURAL VILLAIN KAI BEGINS TO SWEEP ACROSS CHINA DEFEATING ALL THE KUNG FU MASTERS, PO MUST DO THE IMPOSSIBLE—LEARN TO TRAIN A VILLAGE FULL OF HIS FUN-LOVING, CLUMSY BRETHREN TO BECOME THE ULTIMATE BAND OF KUNG FU PANDAS.
“Kung Fu Panda 3” is set to be released in January 2016.