Lobo Chan, who has sung in British productions of "Turandot," "La Boheme," "The Marriage of Figaro," and in BBC dramas including Sweet and Sour, will play a character called Choy.
What Choy will do in the film is still to be announced, says the trade, but in the original 1933 film, and its sequel, Asian American actor Victor Wong played a ship's cook.
Wray died Sunday at her Manhattan apartment, said Rick McKay, a friend and director of the last film she appeared in. There was no official cause of death.
"She just kind of drifted off quietly as if she was going to sleep," said McKay, director of the documentary Broadway: The Golden Age. "She just kind of gave out."
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Just next to the sound stage, a monster-sized "blue screen" has been built out of freight containers, more than 10m high, to create an outside "backlot".
A ship inside the backlot is a near full-sized model of the Manuia berthed at nearby Miramar wharf. Both ships will become Jackson's version of the SS Venture, the ship that took the great ape from Skull Island to New York.
Universal is targeting a December 14, 2005 release for the film.