Shekhar Kapur, the Indian filmmaker behind ‘Elizabeth’ and ‘Elizabeth: The Golden Age,’ has signed on to co-write and direct ‘Little Dragon,’ an authorised biopic of martial arts legend and actor Bruce Lee.

A contemporary dramatization of the ground-breaking icon’s early years, the film takes place in the colourful world of 1950s Hong Kong, where Lee comes face-to-face with his family’s disappointment, young love, true friendship, betrayal, racism, deep poverty and an inner fire that threatened to unravel his destiny.

Lee’s daughter, Shannon Lee, who runs Bruce Lee Entertainment, a division of the Bruce Lee Family Company, co-wrote the film Kapur and will also serve as producer.

“I always thought that a film about how my father’s life was shaped in his early years in Hong Kong would be a worthwhile story to share so we could better understand him as a human being and a warrior,” said Shannon Lee in a statement.

A worldwide casting search is underway for the actor to play the teenage Bruce Lee. Production is expected to commence this summer in China and Malaysia.