As flattered as the 36-year-old Irish actor was to be offered the part, he admits "there was a part of me that was honestly afraid of judgment of people" who held the original film so dear to their hearts.
The first installment will be released on September 28, followed by the second installment on October 26.
The 21st Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival, known as the mainland's Academy Awards, will launch a microfilm competition section for the first time in its 20-year history.
Word on the street is that actors Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker will soon be back on the screen.
Cast member Jeremy Renner attends the premiere of the film "The Bourne Legacy" in New York.
Peter Jackson's film adaptation of "The Hobbit" will be split into three movies, the director and the studios behind the venture said on Monday.
Cast member and singer Katy Perry poses during a photocall before the premiere of "Katy Perry: Part of Me" in Rio de Janeiro.
"The Dark Knight Rises" earned $64.1 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters during its second weekend, topping charts in a sluggish overall market.
Cranston, Biel, Farrell, Beckinsale and Wiseman attend the photo call for the film Total Recall in Beverly Hills, California.
The premiere of Great Migration was held in the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, on July 24.
Chinese director Lu Chuan's epic film "The Last Supper" will have its world premiere at the Toronto Int'l Film Festival.