Details about the live-action Dragonball movie have been few and far between. We’ve known that the Fox feature has a $100 million budget, and that it’s filming in Montreal, but that’s about it — until today.
Variety reports that Justin Chatwin (War of the Worlds, Traffic) will star as Goku, the powerful protagonist of Akira Toriyama’s insanely successful manga-turned-anime franchise. James Marsters (Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) has been cast as the villain Piccolo.
James Wong (Final Destination, The One) will direct from a script he wrote. Wong is probably best known as a writer-producer for the TV series The X-Files, Millennium and the short-lived Space: Above and Beyond.
Shooting will begin later this month, with Dragonball set to premiere on Aug. 15, 2008.