Han Geng thinks following in Stephen Chow's footsteps a challenge

Singer-actor Han Geng thinks playing the role made famous by Stephen Chow is a huge challenge.

The 32-year-old actor has been chosen to portray Monkey King, the lead character in A Chinese Odyssey Part Three. The role was previously played by Chow in the previous films A Chinese Odyssey: Pandora's Box and A Chinese Odyssey: Cinderella.

According to kompas.com, Geng thinks of the role as a challenge since Chow "played it splendidly 21 years ago".

The ex-member of Korean boyband Super Junior also claims to be a fan of the previous films.

A Chinese Odyssey Part Three was released on Sept. 15 in China last year and reportedly raked in up to US$36 million (S$51.4 million) in its first five days in the theatres. Aside of Han Geng, the Jeffrey Lau film also stars Tiffany Tang, Jacky Wu Jing and Karen Mok.

The film tells of a love story that transcends time and space. It was aired for the first time in 1995 with Chow as Monkey King and actress Athena Chu as Zixia.

A Chinese Odyssey Part Three is set to be aired on cable TV channel Celestial Movies on Monday.