The original 1989 movie, starring Chow Yun-Fat, Danny Lee, and Sally Yeh, was widely acclaimed and led to Woo being hired by Hollywood studios. Chow played an assassin who accidentally damages the eyes of a singer (portrayed by Sally Yeh). The two fall in love, and he decides to perform one last hit in order to pay for a corneal transplant to prevent her from going blind.
Nyong'o will portray the assassin in what the studio is calling a 'reimagination' of the original movie. She recently starred in Black Panther and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and won an Oscar for best supporting actress for 12 Years a Slave.
Entertainment One's Mark Gordon and Matt Jackson will produce alongside Woo.
Eran Creevy wrote the script based on a draft by Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken. Brian Helgeland has been hired for additional writing.