Ken Jeong has signed up to return as Mr. Chow in The Hangover Part III.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor’s role will be “significantly expanded” for the third and final film in the series. Exact plot details are being kept under wraps, but it has previously been reported that the film will involve a return to Las Vegas, the setting of the first Hangover movie.
The Hangover Part III is scheduled to begin filming in September for a May 2013 release. Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis will all reprise their roles from the first two films, while Mike Tyson is confirmed for another cameo.
Todd Phillips, who directed both previous Hangover films, will also steer the third instalment. He has previously revealed that The Hangover Part III will be the final film in the series, saying: “We’re going to surprise a lot of people with the final chapter we have planned. It will be a fitting conclusion to our three-part opera of mayhem, despair and bad decisions.”
Released in 2009, The Hangover became the highest-grossing R-rated comedy ever and won a Golden Globe award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. The 2011 sequel, The Hangover Part II, was even more successful at the box office, taking over $580 million (£375 million) worldwide.
As well as playing flamboyant Chinese gangster Leslie Chow in the Hangover films, Ken Jeong is known for his role in acclaimed US sitcom Community. He has also appeared in Knocked Up, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon and The Muppets.