The roles the actors will play have not been disclosed, although their involvement in the project will undoubtedly be a boon to it. Known to Western audiences for directing the subversive science fiction romp The Host, Bong Joon-ho is now teaming up with Netflix to bring a new creature feature that will bring noteworthy actors from around the world.
With production starting in Seoul, South Korea this week, we can expect to see Okja on Netflix within a year’s time:
“With ‘Okja’ I want to show the beauty that can exist between man and animal, and also the horror between them,” said Director Bong.
Okja was written by Bong and Jon Ronson (Frank) and follows Mija, a young girl who must risk everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend – a massive animal named ‘Okja.’ Mija will be played by Seohyun An.
Joining the cast are acclaimed actors from around the world, including Devon Bostick (“The 100”), Lily Collins (To The Bone), Byun Heebong (The Host), Shirley Henderson (Anna Karenina), Daniel Henshall (The Babadook), Yoon Je Moon (Mother), Choi Wooshik (Set Me Free) and Steven Yeun (“The Walking Dead”). Okja will be shot in South Korea, Canada and the US, in English and Korean.
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