Emmy Rossum has landed the female lead in the 20th Century Fox live-action "Dragonball" movie.
Produced by Stephen Chow ("Kung Fu Hustle") and directed by James Wong ("Final Destination"), "Dragonball" has begun production with shooting in Mexico and Los Angeles.
The adaptation of the popular Japanese manga will star Justin Chatwin as Goku, an extraterrestrial raised on Earth. Gifted with a variety of exceptional abilities, including mad martial arts skills, Goku protests Earth from a variety of villains. The eponymous Dragon Balls are magical orbs that produce even more power when combined.
According to the industry trade papers, Rossum will play Bulma, whose father's Dragon Ball is stolen by the villainous Lord Piccolo (James Marsters).
Akira Toriyama created "Dragonball" as a serialized comic in the '80s. The manga has spread to graphic novels, video games and a TV series that has played in the United States as "Dragon Ball Z."
The 21-year-old Rossum has been seen on the big screen in "Mystic River," "The Day After Tomorrow" and as Christine in "The Phantom of the Opera." The New York Metropolitan Opera veteran recently released the album "Inside Out."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times